NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Caprion's acquisition of ImmuneHealth's immune monitoring laboratory is key to bolstering its ImmuneCarta immune monitoring business, a company official told GenomeWeb this week.

The purchase gives Caprion a European footprint, which will allow it to service clinical trials there that require analysis of fresh blood or tissue samples, said Martin LeBlanc, the company's president and CEO. This is particularly important for trials in immune oncology, he said, which is a substantial and growing portion of Caprion's business.

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