By Tony Fong

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Five years after its founding, and less than one year after launching its first product, molecular diagnostics firm Crescendo Bioscience is shifting to full commercialization mode for its test targeting rheumatoid arthritis.

But unlike many other startups that are transitioning from the technology development phase, the South San Francisco, Calif.-based company may not have to worry about how to provide its investors a return on its investment.

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