Diving headlong into pharmacogenomics, CombiMatrix has formed a diagnostic subsidiary to begin developing and performing microarray-based tests as a homebrew lab.

"Our real goal is to become the leading molecular diagnostics company in the US," Matt Watson, incoming CEO of the new CombiMatrix Molecular Diagnostics unit, said during a conference call with investors this week. "We intend to leverage the CombiMatrix technology to create these [homebrew] tests; that really is our core focus for the company."

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