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The funding is for seven projects aimed at creating biomarkers to help guide patients to the most appropriate treatments and at creating drugs and companion diagnostics.

The company will work with Pfizer's Pain & Sensory Disorders and Regenerative Medicine unit on the project using its Episphere chemoproteomics platform.

However, the company confirmed that it is no longer commercializing its test, the Enigma ML Influenza A/B detection assay, in partnership with GlaxoSmithKline as was previously reported.

The investment will be used to further grow partnerships with pharma and biotech companies as well as to pursue identification of prognostic and diagnostic protein biomarkers for cancer, the company said.

A Finnish government task force plans to release its final report on Aug. 31 after conducting further investigations into the epidemiologic, immunologic, and genetic causes for the onset of narcolepsy following vaccination with Pandemrix.

Achievement of the milestone, which triggered a payment of an undisclosed amount, comes two months after the company reached its first milestone in the collaboration.

The collaboration covers use of Cellzome's Episphere technology in search for potential drug candidates.

The agreement calls for Sanofi-Aventis to make to OBT an undisclosed upfront cash payment, with OBT eligible for future development, regulatory, and performance milestone payments and royalties on worldwide product sales.

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As part of a lawsuit seeking control of the technology, Santaris has successfully petitioned the European Patent Office to stay its review of Mirrx's patent application.

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The first reported coronavirus cases in Europe and the US might not be related to the subsequent outbreaks in those areas, according to the New York Times.

According to NPR, there's a growing shortage of machines to run SARS-CoV-2 tests.

The Wall Street Journal and Kaiser Health News report that antibody testing for SARS-CoV-2 has led to further confusion.

In Nature this week: the largest known collection of human genetic variants, and more.