Abbott said today that has signed an agreement to collaborate with Astellas Pharma Global Development in a phase III clinical trial for Astellas' investigational vaccine to prevent cytomegalovirus reactivation in transplant patients.

Under the agreement, researchers from the companies will use Abbott's RealTime CMV assay on the m2000 System to monitor patients for CMV viral load in order to assess the efficacy of the vaccine, called ASP0113, or TransVax.

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