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Roche and DeCode Turn To Diagnostics

Executive Summary

Roche Diagnostics has signed a new five-year-alliance with deCode Genetics, in a move that suggests the preliminary success of an earlier agreement between the companies. While the earlier deal, signed in 1998, revolves around finding pharmaceutical targets, the new agreement aims to identify and validate diagnostics targets based on genes associated with common diseases.

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