NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Belgian diagnostics developer VolitionRx and the UK-based preclinical drug safety testing firm Alcyomics will use a €779,493 ($1 million) grant to develop biomarkers for indicating inflammatory response, the companies said today.

Under the initiative, the partners will seek to identify novel epigenetic biomarkers for early inflammation and rejection responses linked to graft-versus host disease, which can cause complications in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

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