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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Caliper Life Sciences today said that the US Environmental Protection Agency has exercised an option to extend its contract with the firm through 2009.

According to Caliper, the ToxCast contract with EPA has brought in revenues of around $3.5 million thus far, and it expects to bring in $3 million under the contract this year. The contract initially began in April 2007, and Caliper recognized revenues of $1.2 million from the partnership in 2008.

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