NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Sony Corporation and M3 plan to establish a new company in Japan by the end of February 2014 in which Illumina will be a minority investor. Additionally, the three firms will collaborate to launch a new genome information platform in Japan, the firms said today.

The new company will provide genome analysis services in Japan and will also aggregate genome data with medical data and other related information.

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