NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Avant Diagnostics and Amarantus Diagnostics this week signed a letter of intent to acquire clinical proteomics firm Theranostics Health as part of the two firms' planned merger.

The deal, which is expected to close by the end of March, brings together three companies that have to date struggled to ramp their molecular testing businesses in hopes that the combined outfit will be better positioned to succeed in the market, suggested Gerald Commissiong, president and CEO of Amarantus Bioscience, the parent firm of Amarantus Diagnostics.

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