NEW YORK(GenomeWeb) – Biodesix said this week that it has entered a partnership with UK-based genomics firm Inivata to develop and commercialize a next-generation sequencing-based blood test for clinical use in lung cancer.

The two companies are still in the early days of determining what intended uses to pursue under the collaboration, Biodesix CEO David Brunel told GenomeWeb. He cited as likely potential directions development of tests for guiding therapy in late-stage patients who have exhausted conventional treatment plans and support of drug development efforts.

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