Start-Up Spotlight: Indi, Liquid Biopsy To Rule Out Lung Cancer
Having secured Medicare reimbursement, Seattle, Washington-based Indi Diagnostics, Inc. is getting ready to bring its liquid biopsy molecular test to pulmonologists in the US starting Q1 2018. The company said it will be first to introduce a liquid biopsy molecular diagnostic test in the country designed to help pulmonologists identify lung nodules that have a high probability of being benign, saving patients unnecessary invasive procedures.
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