Decision Biomarkers

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Glenn Barney, Dario Alessi, Philip Cohen, Stephane Bancel, Noubar Afeyan

Avantra was founded last year by Courtagen Capital Group to commercialize the assets of Decision Biomarkers, a protein biomarker technology firm that shuttered its business and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in December 2009.

The company is being launched by Courtagen Capital Group using assets from defunct biotech firm Decision Biomarkers, which Courtagen purchased in bankruptcy court last December.

The demise of Perlegen Sciences and Decision Biomarkers adds two more names to a growing list of array-related firms and businesses that have gone belly up or have been shuttered in the past few years.

The company, formed in 2003, had raised at least $15.1 million in financing in its history, but in its bankruptcy filing said that its liabilities were at least 20 times that of its assets.

The Waltham, Mass.-based biomarker-detection company ceased operations and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy last month.

The UK's Human Fertility and Embryology Authority calls for consumer genetic testing companies to warn customers that testing could uncover family secrets, according to the Guardian.

The New York Times reports that United Nations delegates have been discussing how to govern the genetic resources of the deep sea.

Researchers have transplanted edited cells into mice that appear to combat cocaine addiction, New Scientist reports.

In PNAS this week: analysis of proteolytic enzymes secreted by circulating tumor cells, phylogenetic study of Fv1 evolution, and more.