University of Chicago Licenses PGx Test to Mayo

University of Chicago researchers licensed a pharmacogenomics test for colorectal cancer patients to the Mayo Clinic, the university said two weeks ago.

The UGT1A1 test determines which patients are likely to have an adverse reaction to Pfizer's Camptosar, a key component of the standard first-line treatment for advanced cancers of the colon and rectum.

Through this licensing agreement, the clinic's reference laboratory, Mayo Medical Laboratories, will provide the test to patients nationwide.

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