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Opko Health said this week that is has begun a multi-center clinical validation study to support the launch of its 4Kscore protein biomarker prostate cancer test.

Opko Health announced this week that it has appointed David Okrongly president of its diagnostics business unit.

Title: Compositions and Methods for Selective Inhibition of VEGF
Patent Number: 8,470,792
Filed: Dec. 4, 2009
Lead Inventor: Phillip Frost, Opko Health (RXi Pharmaceuticals)

RXi Pharmaceuticals this week reported its first-quarter financial results, posting a sharply increased net loss on a one-time charge associated with its purchase of the RNAi drug assets of Opko Health in early March.

Quest Diagnostics this week launched a pair of protein biomarker tests for the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis.

RXi Pharmaceuticals said this week that it has agreed to acquire all of Opko Health’s RNAi-related assets in exchange for 50 million shares of its common stock, which is worth about $7 million based on RXi’s current stock price.

Opko Health said it has completed the acquisition of the Brazilian pharmaceutical firm Importacao E Exportacao de Produtos Farmaceuticos e Cosmeticos.

Opko Health said this week that it has expanded its collaboration with drugmaker Bristol-Myers Squibb to use its protein biomarker discovery platform to identify markers predictive of patient response to several BMS therapeutics.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Opko Health said today that it has expanded a collaboration with Bristol-Myers Squibb to include biomarker discovery for pharmacogenomic tests for use in treating Alzheimer's disease.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Opko Health has acquired Prost-Data, a Nashville, Tenn.-based CLIA laboratory doing business under the name OURLab.

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Bloomberg reports that the DNA-for-cash deal reported in Kentucky might be a more widespread scam.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have treated infants with X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency using gene therapy in an early phase study.

St. Louis Public Radio reports that some African Americans are turning to DNA ancestry testing to help guide genealogical searches.

In Nature this week: a genomic analysis of the snailfish Pseudoliparis swirei, ancient DNA analysis gives insight into the introduction of farming to England, and more.