NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Epic Sciences, which is developing diagnostics to identify and characterize rare cells, said today it is collaborating with six drug manufacturers to develop companion diagnostic tools.

The San Diego-based company declined to identify its drug manufacturer partners, but Genentech, Pfizer, and Celgene have previously disclosed working relationships with Epic.

A company spokesperson declined to elaborate on the nature of the work being done but said that targeted cancers include breast, lung, prostate, pancreatic, and ovarian cancers.

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