As Applied Biosystems' acquisition of Ambion nears completion, a cancer diagnostics start-up being created out of the diagnostics and services divisions of Ambion not included in the buy-out is expected to be fully ramped up by mid-year, according to founder Matt Winkler.

The new company, Asuragen, has also inked a deal that will maintain the ties Ambion had established with Rosetta Genomics, an Israeli company developing microRNA-based diagnostics and therapeutics, Winkler told RNAi News this week.

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