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NEW YORK – LexaGene, which has developed a pathogen detection platform for the veterinary and food safety sectors, is now pivoting to clinical diagnostics by modifying its LX Analyzer platform for viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind the COVID-19 pandemic. 

After validating its platform for viral pathogens, the Beverly, Massachusetts-based firm plans to initially launch a multiplex viral diagnostic assay by the third quarter.

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