Novartis is launching a research group that will use next-generation sequencing, proteomics, and other technology to develop diagnostics to stratify cancer patients into existing clinical trials, to identify new markers for future drug development, and to commercialize assays through its diagnostic group Genoptix.

The Next Generation Diagnostics group will include between 35 and 40 people, about half of whom will be recruited by the end of the year, and is aiming to have its first assays function in clinical trials within one year.

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