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Astex Opens New 36,000 Square-Foot Facility in UK

NEW YORK, July 11 - Astex Technology held an opening ceremony today for its new 36,000 square-foot research and development facility in CambridgeSciencePark, UK.


The facility is leased from Cambridge's TrinityCollegeand can house 150 scientists. It can be expanded in the future to cover another 30,000 square feet.

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