NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Illumina said this week that it is collaborating with pharmaceutical companies AstraZeneca, Janssen Biotech, and Sanofi to develop a next-generation sequencing-based panel to serve as a universal companion diagnostic.

The company told Clinical Sequencing News that it would leverage its US Food and Drug Administration-cleared MiSeqDx system to develop an oncology test kit that includes the NGS system, bioinformatics capabilities, and reagents necessary to target single nucleotide variants, indels, copy number variants, and gene fusions.

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