By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – BioFocus will use its screening technologies and compound collections to find new hit compounds against key targets of interest for Barcelona, Spain-based pharmaceutical firm Almirall under a new agreement announced today.

Almirall said that BioFocus will help it find new hit compounds against key targets as possible treatments for respiratory and inflammatory conditions.

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