In obtaining a license for the PI3K biomarker, Roche plans to investigate at least two investigational oncology drugs with a pharmacogenomic strategy.

Roche announced this week that it has acquired a co-exclusive license for the biomarker from Qiagen. Johns Hopkins University, which owns the patent for the PI3K marker, granted an exclusive license to Qiagen's DxS subsidiary in February.

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