NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Mayo Medical Laboratories will collaborate with Advanced Biological Laboratories to develop a next-generation sequencing pipeline for laboratory-developed diagnostic tests.

Under the terms of agreement, the Mayo Clinic Division of Clinical Microbiology will select the clinical samples on which the tests will be validated, while ABL will lead development of information technology. ABL is a Luxembourg-based medical data technology company that develops information technology and health solutions for patient management and sequencing data analysis.

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