A recent licensing agreement between Vita Genomics and Affymetrix will put Vita in a position to create pharmacogenomic diagnostics based on Affy's FDA-cleared GeneChip technology.

Affy granted a license to Vita and its subsidiary, Shanghai GeneCore BioTechnologies, under the auspices of its "Powered by Affymetrix" program, making it one of a short list of firms that hope to earn US Food and Drug Administration clearance for GeneChip-related tests. Other participants in the program include Roche, Veridex, BioMerieux, PathWork Informatics, and ArraDx.

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