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A number of prominent proteomics-based diagnostics developers were recipients of the grant and tax credit awards, which are being provided by the IRS through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Project Program.

The validation trials will each involve on the order of 400 patients and should be completed within a year, said a company official.

The agreement with NEC, which has purchased an equity stake in the company, is part of its plan to expand beyond its traditional focus on biomarker discovery and diagnostics development to become a "health information company" that can "provide actionable medical information to patients, physicians, and researchers," said an official.

The firms are building on a collaboration from last year, under which they unraveled the first X-ray structure of a DNA aptamer bound to its protein target.

NEC also is making an equity investment in SomaLogic, which is developing molecular diagnostics based on aptamers.

The two studies, published in Nature Precedings, are part of an effort by the Boulder, Colo.-based firm to gain more attention for the role its technology platform can play in diagnostics development.

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SomaLogic, Sony, Advanced Cell Diagnostics, Samsung Electronics, Penn State Research Foundation, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the United States of America

The company, which has spent nine years developing its aptamer technology, is now on the cusp of launching a lung cancer diagnostic.

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US National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins says he will avoid male-only speaker panels.

Two patients fell ill, and one subsequently died, following a fecal microbiome transplant that harbored multi-drug-resistant bacteria, according to the New York Times.

Technology Review reports that eGenesis is testing whether organs from genetically modified pigs can be transplanted into monkeys.

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