NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) ­– Qu Biologics, a Canadian firm developing a series of therapies for inflammatory bowel disease called site-specific immunomodulators, has discovered in a Phase 2 clinical trial that certain genetic traits predict a positive response in patients.

The firm is now working on a companion diagnostic test to tailor its follow-on trial and is seeking collaborators to develop an easy-to-use multiplex PCR-based diagnostic.

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