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The parties will use Somalogic's SomaScan platform to investigate the ability of protein measurements to affect patient care in a variety of clinical areas.

The company aims to sell its clinical products not as discrete tests but as sets of "insights" derived from patient proteomic data collected using the platform.

Chinese healthcare firm iCarbonX, which made a $161 million investment in the firm last year, was joined by Nan Fung Life Sciences and Madryn Asset Management.

Backed by €19 million in EU funding, the initiative, called BigData@Heart, will create a research platform that could change the way cardiovascular diseases are diagnosed and treated.

Investigators identified candidate protein markers from aptamer-based proteomic profiles of samples from women with or without late-onset preeclampsia.

The funds come from an equity investment by Chinese health firm iCarbonX announced at the beginning of the year as part of a partnership between the companies.

Though considered potential antibody alternatives, these reagents are more likely to succeed in new applications for which conventional tools are poorly suited.

A company researcher said the new structure could provide the chemical diversity needed to build a set of reagents targeting the full human proteome.

The bioinformatics startup has also invested in six other companies, committing $400 million to its data-sharing collaboration.

The company has identified markers of latent disease that it is now investigating to see if they could be useful for predicting progression to active infection.

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