By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Sequenom today said that it has licensed from Optherion exclusive worldwide rights to intellectual property covering diagnostic tests for genetic predisposition to late-stage age-related macular degeneration.

The licensing deal covers IP for AMD-related genetic variants that have been confirmed in multiple clinical studies around the world, according to Sequenom.

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