NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Pikamab said today that it has exclusively licensed a pair of US patents from the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York to develop a theranostic product to help guide drug development and patient treatment for lupus and lupus nephritis.

The first US patent, No. 5,830,652, provides methods for determining the severity of lupus and lupus nephritis by correlating to the functional polymorphisms in FcGR genes.

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