Proteome Sciences said this week that it has signed an agreement with Thermo Fisher Scientific providing access to patents related to its Tandem Mass Tags isobaric tagging reagents in exchange for cash and a no-cost lease from Thermo Fisher for mass spectrometry equipment.

The company plans to use that equipment to further develop its SysQuant assays for measuring activation of cancer signaling pathways with the ultimate goal of building clinical test for guiding personalized cancer treatment, Proteome Sciences COO Ian Pike, told ProteoMonitor.

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