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PrimeraDx, a Mansfield, Mass.-based molecular diagnostics firm, is on track to submit its highly multiplexed PCR-based testing system and associated assay for Clostridium difficile to the US Food and Drug Administration this quarter, CEO Matt McManus said recently.

PrimeraDx said this week that its ICEPlex quantitative multiplex PCR system and accompanying Clostridium difficile detection assay have received CE marking.

Molecular diagnostics developer PrimeraDx is making headway in its efforts to reach out to pharmaceutical companies to spur adoption of its highly multiplexed, quantitative PCR-based DNA testing platform for companion diagnostic development, according to a company official.

PrimeraDx said this week that it has received certification for ISO 13485:2003, an International Organization for Standardization medical device quality management standard.

Thus far, the company has inked collaborative agreements with laboratories at the MD Anderson Cancer Center and Dartmouth Medical College to develop various multi-marker oncology assays; and is pursuing partnerships with pharmaceutical companies to explore using the platform in companion diagnostic development.

The New York Times and ProPublica look into the close relationship between a startup and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Yahoo News reports millions of dollars are being transferred from NIH, CDC, and other programs to pay for the housing of detained undocumented immigrant children.

In Science this week: in vitro generation of human reproductive cells, and more.

Researchers gave a handful of octopuses MDMA to find that they too act more social on the drug, Gizmodo reports.