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Epistem, GSK Partner to Better Understand Fibrosis

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Epistem today announced a research collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline to use its amplification technology to gain a better understanding of fibrosis.

The Manchester, UK-based firm will use its RNA-Amp technology to identify characteristics of diseased fibrotic tissue, Epistem said. The deal is for three years, but further terms were not disclosed.

Epistem's RNA-Amp technology provides gene expression information from small tissue samples and low number of cells, such as those from cells at the base of a single hair follicle or laser captured microdissected samples, it said.

Last week, Epistem said it had reached a deal with Xcelris Labs of India for the sales and marketing of its rapid molecular tuberculosis diagnostic test.