NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Veridex and Novartis are partnering to "encourage and facilitate" research into circulating tumor cells as potential biomarkers in metastatic prostate cancer, Veridex announced today.

As part of the deal, Veridex is supporting a prospective, single-arm, open-label study on the effect of zoledronic acid — marketed by Novartis as Zometa — on circulating tumors in patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer, or CRPC.

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