By Ben Butkus

Cepheid said this week that it has entered into an exclusive collaboration with Novartis to commercialize a test to monitor BCR-ABL gene transcripts in peripheral blood from patients with Philadelphia chromosome-positive chronic myelogenous leukemia.

The deal is expected to aid physicians in managing Ph+ CML patients treated with Novartis' Gleevec by creating a standardized molecular monitoring test that can be used by many labs with greater reproducibility, the companies said.

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