NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Gen-Probe and Affymetrix presented updates on their businesses for investors at the Thomas Weisel Healthcare Conference being held this week in Boston.

Gen-Probe officials said that the firm is on track with clinical trials for its Aptima HPV assay and expects to file for US Food and Drug Administration clearance of the test by the end of 2010. They also said that Panther, Gen-Probe's fully automated molecular instrument, is on schedule for a late 2010 launch in Europe, followed by a US launch in 2011.

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