NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Amoy Diagnostics today said that it has reached an agreement with OxOnc Development to use Amoy's ROS1 Gene Fusions Detection Kits for a pivotal clinical trial of Pfizer's Xalkori (crizotinib).

Xiamen, China-based Amoy said that it would provide the kits to the labs conducting the study in China, Korea, and Japan. It also will provide technical support for the assay, which uses real-time PCR to detect 14 different fusion products in cDNA derived from tumor tissue or body fluids.

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