Late last summer, Bill Young, CEO of ViroLogic, asked Aclara Biosciences chief executive Tom Klopack to dinner to talk about what their companies could offer one another by way of commercial collaborations.

It must have been some meal.

Less than one year later, ViroLogic, eager to move into the growing cancer molecular diagnostics space, is betting that Aclara’s eTag technology — not to mention the company’s healthy bank balance — will help it grow beyond infectious disease testing.

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