NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Luminex said this week that it has reached an agreement whereby Laboratory Corporation of America is extending its commitment to the Luminex Cystic Fibrosis product line through Dec. 31, 2019. This indicates that LabCorp would maintain at least its current volume of CF testing with Luminex through calendar year 2019.

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