NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Hitachi High-Technologies will distribute Nanosphere's products in Japan as part of a deal announced by Nanosphere after the close of the market on Monday.

Nanosphere also disclosed in a regulatory filing that it has completed a direct offering of its common stock raising net proceeds of roughly $4.7 million.

In addition to the distribution deal, Nanosphere said that it will collaborate with Hitachi on assay and platform development.

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