NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) — Islet Sciences, a Raleigh, NC-based biopharmaceutical company, said yesterday that its collaborators at Yale University School of Medicine have published key data demonstrating the efficacy of a novel droplet-based digital PCR (ddPCR) diabetes diagnostic.

Islet holds an exclusive license to the epigenetic test, which detects methylation status of cell-free DNA in order to track pancreatic beta cell death. Company representatives said this week that Islet intends to commercialize this assay by 2015.

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