Inivata Launches Major US Study To Back Liquid Biopsy Tech In Lung Cancer
Cambridge University spin-out Inivata has launched a major US clinical validation study to evaluate its liquid biopsy approach against tissue-based diagnostic methods in non-small cell lung cancer patients.
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