NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Stratec Consumables and Vortex BioSciences have entered into a supply agreement for the manufacturing of a microfluidic chip as part of Vortex's VTX-1 Liquid Biopsy System.

The two companies said today that the agreement is in regards to a customized microfluidic polymer chip, which is a key component of the VTX-1 instrument — Vortex's automated liquid biopsy platform for label free isolation of circulating tumor cells.

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