NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – WaferGen Biosystems today announced a partnership with Molecular Pathology Laboratory Network to develop next-generation sequencing-based clinical tests.

According to MPLN VP of Genomic Solutions Jamie Platt, the first product to be commercialized from the deal will be a solid tumor panel to complement the lab's Pathology Partners Program and support MPLN's expanding molecular oncology services menu.

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