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BioFocus to Collaborate with Cellectricon

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Swedish biotech company Cellectricon announced today that contract research organization BioFocus DPI will use its automated patch clamp system, called Dynaflow, in its electrophysiology-based screening programs.

Under the agreement, BioFocus plans to use Cellectricon's high-throughput microfluidic screening platform to improve its research on fast ligand-gated ion channels screening and other ion channel drug discovery approaches. BioFocus VP of Biological Sciences Kate Hilyard said in a statement that the collaboration is expected to help BioFocus increase its throughput and the number of ion channel subtypes it screens.

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The Scan

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'Poo-Bank' Proposal

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New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

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