Abbott said today that it has signed a pact with GlaxoSmithKline to develop a PCR-based molecular diagnostic test for a specific biomarker to aid in selecting patients who may benefit from an immunotherapy under development at GSK.

The agreement builds on a partnership between the companies announced last year to develop a PCR test for the same protein biomarker — MAGE-A3 — to screen for non-small-cell lung cancer patients eligible to receive GSK's developmental NSCLC therapy, called MAGE-A3 Antigen-Specific Cancer Immunotherapeutic, or MAGE-A3 ASCI.

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