NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – DioGenix announced today a collaboration with Fast Forward to develop a molecular diagnostic test for multiple sclerosis.

As part of the deal, Fast Forward, a subsidiary of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, will provide DioGenix $500,000 to expand its ongoing clinical trial for MSPrecise, a diagnostic test based on next-generation sequencing to measure genetic mutations in the adaptive immune system by analyzing B cells isolated from cerebral spinal fluid.

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