By Doug Macron

Rosetta Genomics' top official this week provided details about a new corporate effort to leverage the company's microRNA expertise in an area outside of the diagnostics field, which had long been the company's core focus.

Speaking at the Roth OC Growth Stock conference held in Dana Point, Calif., Rosetta President and CEO Kenneth Berlin said that the company has set its sights on developing ways to use miRNAs as biomarkers to improve drug research and development.

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