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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Affymetrix today said that it has expanded its license agreement with Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics for its branched DNA (bDNA) technology.

BG Medicine said last week that it filed a 510(k) submission with the US Food & Drug Administration for an automated version of its BGM Galectin-3 heart failure test to be run on Abbott Laboratories' Architect platform.

Integrated Diagnostics this week said it has launched a new operating division called InDi Imaging to commercialize PET imaging probes based on its protein catalyzed capture agent, or PCC, technology.

BG Medicine this week reported a 44 percent drop in first-quarter revenues year over year as its service revenues fell but its product revenues rose sharply.

Thermo Fisher Scientific said this week it has acquired the exclusive rights from diagnostics firm Nephromics to use placental growth factor protein as a biomarker for the diagnosis of preeclampsia and eclampsia.

AmberGen is developing a microbead-based, multiplexed, in vitro pediatric allergy test. The diagnostic is designed to enable the detection of multiple allergen-specific IgE antibodies in blood, according to a company executive.

By Tony Fong NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – As companion diagnostics gain acceptance within the pharmaceutical sector and next-generation sequencing progresses toward clinical applications, Siemens is seeking a bigger role in the genomics space.

Roche has been awarded US Patent No. 8,119,353, "Rapid one-step reverse transcriptase PCR."
Waltraud Ankenbauer, Ursula Grepl, and Rita Haerteis are named as inventors on the patent.

Siemens Inks New Companion Dx Collaborations with ViiV Healthcare, Tocagen

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics today announced two deals to develop companion diagnostics for candidate drugs currently in clinical trials.

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In a letter, about two dozen researchers criticize the World Health Organization investigation into the origins of SARS-CoV-2 and call for a new inquiry, the Wall Street Journal reports.

National Geographic reports that nine great apes at the San Diego Zoo have been vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2.

Janet Woodcock, the acting commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, speaks with NPR about SARS-CoV-2 testing and vaccines in the US.

In Science this week: genetic study of kidney fibrosis implicates the SOX9-NAV3-YAP1 axis.