Exagen Diagnostics

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Exagen Diagnostics said in a regulatory document that its revenues through the first nine months of 2014 grew almost four-fold year over year.

Biogen Idec has hired Olivier Danos as senior VP of gene therapy. Danos will report to Douglas Williams, executive VP of R&D at Biogen Idec. At Biogen Idec, he will be in charge of the gene therapy research group, which develops new technologies for gene transfer and genome engineering.

Exagen Raises $3.95M

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Rheumatology and autoimmune diagnostics firm Exagen Diagnostics has raised $3.95 million, it said in a regulatory document on Monday.

Exagen Diagnostics, a rheumatology-focused diagnostics company, announced that Arthur Weinstein will become its newest board member and advise the company's scientific team.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Exagen Diagnostics this week said in a regulatory filing that it raised a little more than $5 million in an equity financing round.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Exagen Diagnostics today said that New York has approved its Avise SLE diagnostic, SLE-Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Exagen Diagnostics, which develops genomic tests aimed at rheumatology, announced on Monday the completion of a financing round that raised $5.3 million.

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Exagen will pay Cypress up to $8 million in upfront and milestone payments as well as additional royalty payments for the business.

The molecular diagnostics firm becomes one of more than 17,000 labs around the world to receive such accreditation.

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Researchers find that historical factors influence which genes are the most highly studied, the Atlantic reports.

The US National Science Foundation's new sexual harassment policy is to go into effect next month, according to Nature News.

Researchers report using genotyping to tie together illegal ivory shipments and trace them back to a handful of cartels, the New York Times reports.

In Nature this week: genomic ancestry analysis of Sardinians, current noncoding mutations in colorectal cancer, and more.