When Japan's Sysmex disclosed two weeks ago that it had acquired molecular diagnostics services firm Inostics and flow cytometry specialist Partec, it noted that the purchases were designed to aid its foray into personalized medicine and companion diagnostics.

The company wasted no time in pursuing these markets, as this week Sysmex Inostics, the new MDx subsidiary of Sysmex, disclosed that it has signed a collaboration deal with Bayer Healthcare to develop blood-based companion diagnostics for targeted anti-cancer therapies being developed by Bayer.

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