Invitrogen plans to launch a new drug-screening platform early in the second quarter as a key part of its strategy to build its nascent screening-services business, company officials told BioCommerce Week.

The SelectScreen Profiling and Screening Services platform was initially launched in 2004 and builds off of the firm's kinase-screening business. The new platform — enabled by SSi Robotics' automation technology — will enable Invitrogen researchers to perform assays more quickly at higher throughput, the officials said.

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