With a handful of recently awarded grants, startup Circulomics is kicking off development of its technology as a tool for lower cost and more accessible multiplex analysis of disease-associated microRNAs, and is planning to launch its first kit, a 30-plex, semi-customizable cancer panel, in 2014.

The company announced this month that it had received two $400,000 Small Business Innovative Research awards from the National Institutes of Health to support the development of its Ligo-miR assay technology and PicoSep single-molecule analysis platform.

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