NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Aviir today announced the completion of a $10 million tranche, completing a financing round started in December 2011 that raised a total of $30 million.

Proceeds will be used to build out the Irvine, Calif.-based firm's commercial infrastructure, speed up its nationwide commercial launch, and expand third-party reimbursement efforts, it said. It also plans to use proceeds to begin distribution of the company's cardiac risk test outside of the US, and to create additional laboratory testing services.

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