NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Med BioGene said yesterday that its fiscal-year 2008 net loss declined slightly to C$2.3 million (US$1.9 million), or C$.07 per share, from C$2.4 million, or C$.09 per share.

The Vancouver, BC-based firm had no revenues, as it is gearing up to launch its molecular assay for lung cancer this year. Med BioGene's LungExpress Dx gene expression prognostic assay is being developed for patients with early stage non-small cell lung cancer.

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