NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – MIODx has closed a $1.5 million seed round, the company announced today. The funding will be used to complete a clinical utility study for the firm's VerifyDx Prostate Cancer test and to begin commercialization.

The startup also announced that it has entered into a lease for 3,000 square feet of space at the San Jose BioCube, also home to Ariosa Diagnostics, Geneweave, and Genia.

The VerifyDx system is a multiplexed PCR-based oncology testing platform that examines DNA and RNA pathways implicated in metastatic cancers.

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Robert Redfield is floated as the next director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Washington Post reports.

The New York Times writes that the National Institutes of Health's All of Us Research Program is "ambitious" and that some are concerned it might be overly so.

Representative Lamar Smith's criticism of the National Science Foundation has "changed the nature of the conversation," according to ScienceInsider.

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