NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Cancer diagnostics firm Pillar Biosciences has partnered with Illumina to develop next-generation sequencing-based in vitro diagnostics, the companies announced today.

Under the terms of the deal, Pillar will use its stem loop inhibition-mediated amplification (SLIMamp) technology — which is designed for amplifying overlapping or tiled amplicons in a single multiplex PCR reaction — to develop diagnostics that run on Illumina's MiSeqDx instrument.

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