This article has been updated to include additional details about the terms of the alliance.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) — Wellcome Sanger Institute spinout Microbiotica announced today that it has partnered with Genentech to develop biomarkers, targets, and medicines for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

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