By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Qiagen said today that it has acquired a minority stake in Alacris Theranostics, a startup using whole-genome sequence analysis to develop individualized cancer therapies.

Qiagen has also acquired a minority stake in EyeSense, a developer of ophthalmic diagnostic systems for glucose monitoring of diabetes patients, EyeSense said in a separate announcement.

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