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Although Illumina's failure to acquire Pacific Biosciences stood out in 2019, the upward trend in M&A activity in the omics space in 2018 continued last year.

The team will combine Akoya's Vectra Polaris system with Precision for Medicine's Apostream tool to validate companion diagnostics and assess drug efficacy. 

The deals follow a pair of other recent acquisitions by Precision for Medicine in the artificial intelligence technology and biomarker analysis fields.

With the acquisition of Swiss healthcare AI specialist SimplicityBio, Precision for Medicine can offer new features in its QuartzBio multiomic data integration platform.

Research groups and companies are developing and applying tools to enrich for and capture CTCs to diagnose tumors early and monitor patients during treatment.

The move will gain PFM a Houston lab, as well as ApoCell's proprietary ApoStream liquid biopsy technology for isolation and capture of circulating tumor cells.

The deal provides Precision for Medicine with a proprietary PCR-based technology that amplifies and detects euchromatic DNA expressed exclusively by cell types of interest.

The deal joins Precision for Medicine's suite of biomedical research tools and services with ACT Oncology's expertise in clinical study design and execution.

PATH is designed to help users combine and use clinical and genomic information to stratify patients as part of efforts to develop more tailored therapies.

CEOs at four of the five leading mass spec firms saw their total compensation dip last year, according to information provided in their proxy statements, with Bill Sullivan at Agilent taking the biggest hit, a 39 percent drop from his 2007 earnings. Meanwhile, Frank Laukien at Bruker received an 80 percent upgrade in 2008.

Science reports that a new White House Office of Management and Budget memo rescinds previous ones that helped research institutions deal with pandemic-related closures.

Researchers report on a concerning strain of the H1N1 swine flu virus found among pigs in China, Agence France Presse reports.

The Associated Press reports that US officials are considering allowing pooled COVID-19 testing.

In Genome Research this week: Y chromosome gene expression analysis, de novo mutations rise with paternal age in rhesus macaques, and more.