NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Diabetes biotechnology firm Islet Sciences today announced it has licensed technology from Winthrop University Hospital for identifying Beta cell death.

The PCR-based technology was developed by Eitan Akirav, a research scientist at WUH, and colleagues to identify Beta cell death before the onset of hyperglycemia and soon after the onset of type 1 diabetes. John Steel, chairman and CEO of Islet, said that his firm will commercialize the technology.

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