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The partners will evaluate circulating tumor cell-based biomarker panels as potential new tests for use on Ikonisys' Ikoniscope fluorescence microscopy system.

Emerging from stealth mode, the Toronto-based firm will use the platform to identify circulating tumor cells and spur drug development in the lung cancer space.

The team will combine Akoya's Vectra Polaris system with Precision for Medicine's Apostream tool to validate companion diagnostics and assess drug efficacy. 

The company said it will use the net proceeds for general corporate purposes and to fund ongoing operations and expansion of its business.

The approval allows the company to directly market and sell the CTC technology to labs and other institutions to develop and implement IVD tests.

The number of technologies to be assessed is vast, and ranges from liquid biopsies and molecular imaging to immunohistochemistry and RNA-seq.

Akadeum is currently developing a tool that involves microbubbles to deplete background molecules from circulating tumor cells in liquid biopsies.

Researchers from the TRACERx consortium analyzed blood and tumor samples to tease out features of lung cancers that are more likely to recur.

The cloud-based platform is designed to process next-generation sequencing data derived from liquid biopsy and formalin-fixed paraffin embedded tissue analysis.

The company will work with the Genome Institute of Singapore to create a test for breast cancer recurrence prediction using its circulating tumor cell platform.

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