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Biocartis' Idylla called some colorectal cancer samples negative that Sysmex Inostics's OncoBEAM called positive, but the clinical implications may be complex.

The firm believes that physicians can use information from the cell-free DNA analyzed by the assay to determine whether to use anti-EGFR drugs during treatment.

The firms said they will integrate their capabilities and competencies to offer solutions to global pharmaceutical customers.

The alliance follows a marketing deal signed with Sysmex Europe that covers Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

The two companies plan to secure required initial regulatory approvals in individual African territories before expanding to other areas in the region.

The companies formed the joint venture in 2008 to commercialize BioMérieux's IVD products and medical instruments in Japan.

The acquisition allows Sysmex to enter the cytogenetics market and strengthens its technology base in molecular genetics, while expanding its life science business. 

Qiagen has extended the offer period for its DKK683 million ($103.5 million) acquisition of Exiqon.

The firms will set up sites for OncoBEAM RAS CRC in Argentina, Brazil, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and India, and present data at major medical conferences.

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