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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Myriad Genetics announced that it will build a new laboratory at its Salt Lake City facility within which the company will develop companion diagnostics in line with US Food and Drug Administration's regulations.

The new lab build out, according to Myriad, expands its non-exclusive collaboration with AstraZeneca to study the drug olaparib in Phase III trials using Myriad's BRACAnalysis test to pick out best responders to the treatment. The partners did not disclose the specific terms of the expanded collaboration.

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