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The deal will focus on Biocartis' Idylla MSI test, which provides information on a tumor's microsatellite instability status of a tumor from a single FFPE slice.

The firm will expand on its MSI assay for use in immunotherapy while developing liquid biopsy assays to monitor patients post therapy and for recurrence.

The firm plans to submit its Idylla MSI test for 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration after receiving CE-IVD approval this morning.

The RT-qPCR-based assay, which has 510(k) clearance, is designed to rapidly differentiate sepsis from systemic inflammatory response syndrome.

The firm said it raised €55.5 million to fund the expansion of its Idylla test platform, its sales and marketing activities, and other general corporate purposes.

The Belgium-based firm plans to use the proceeds to fund expansion of the Idylla test platform, sales and marketing activities, and additional general corporate purposes.

Meridian CEO Jack Kenny said the firm needs to develop a new MDx platform, while Genapsys resurfaced with an update on its portable sequencing platform.

Japan's Nichirei will register Biocartis' Idylla MDx oncology products with the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.

Genomic Health will have exclusive rights to develop and sell its Oncotype DX Genomic Prostate Score test on Biocartis' Idylla platform.

The firms will begin a prospective lung cancer study using Biocartis' Idylla EGFR mutation test in European countries, including Belgium, France, Germany, and Italy.

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