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> Norway's DiaGenic is slashing its payroll after one of its in-development Alzheimer's disease diagnostics failed to meet study goals. News (reg. req.)

> Siemens Healthcare's ($SI) plan for the future involves a deep dive into companion diagnostics, and Senior Vice President Trevor Hawkins sat down with News Medical to detail the German company's take on the growing market. Interview

> While multinational medical device companies have descended on India's largest cities, local startups still have a leg up in the nation's smaller towns, according to a report. More

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