NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Verastem said today that Laboratory Corporation of America will help it validate biomarkers that could be used to develop a companion diagnostic for a Verastem drug candidate, the focal adhesion inhibitor VS-6063.

The biomarkers will be used in clinical studies in ovarian cancer and mesothelioma, including a potentially pivotal study of VS-6063 in mesothelioma expected to commence later this year.

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