Women's Health: A Growing Market for Diagnostic Players
This article was originally published in Start Up
Women's health is an area long shunned by pharmaceutical and diagnostic companies. But that is starting to change thanks to the successes of companies such as Cytyc and Digene, who have built successful testing franchises in the Ob/ Gyn market. As companies such as PerkinElmer and others look to develop new tests in this market, a spate of start-ups are developing technologies that might fit the bill. Of greatest interest are the so-called molecular tests since they offer the advantage of premium pricing.
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