Is it getting crowded in here?

In a bid to grab a share of a market dominated by two diagnostic players, BioGenex has been cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration to sell its monoclonal antibody kit for identifying responders to Herceptin.

The kit, called InSite Her2/neu, features a technical advantage over DakoCytomation’s polyclonal HercepTest — the market leader — and a practical advantage over the monoclonal Her2/neu antibody made by Ventana Medical Systems.

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