NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Silicon Valley Biosystems, a company that provides genomic data at the point of care, has been launched.

The Foster City, Calif.-based firm was launched today with financial backing from venture capital firm Sequoia Capital to provide turnkey genomics interpretation services to clinicians "to make faster, more precise, and cost-saving decisions," according to SV Bio.

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