NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – EMD Serono Research and Development Institute, a subsidiary of Merck KGaA, is collaborating with Massachusetts General Hospital to research systemic lupus erythematosus and lupus nephritis pathogenesis. Scientists from both organizations will work jointly to better characterize and validate the expression of investigative therapeutic targets, pathogenic immune cell types, and biomarkers in SLE and LN patients.

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