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By Turna Ray

Roche subsidiary Genentech is working with genetics-focused drug development company Xenon to advance personalized medicines for pain.

According to an announcement this week, the Burnaby, British Columbia-based drug firm will work with Genentech to discover and develop novel treatments and companion tests for pain treatment targeting specific gene markers.

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