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Caliper Will Profile Environmental Chemicals for Toxins for EPA's Toxcast Program

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Caliper Life Sciences today said the US Environmental Protection Agency has contracted the company for a multi-year toxicity project that could be worth between $1.4 million and $69 million.
 
Caliper said the EPA has hired its NovaScreen Biosciences branch to work with the agency’s ToxCast program to help predict how chemicals such as pesticides will interact with the environment, humans, and animals.
 
Caliper said it will use biochemical and cell-based assays, screening tools, and its side-effect database to offer lab testing and analysis for a “broad range of specific protein targets.”  
 
The size and duration of the contract will be based on the volume of testing the EPA requests and on the availability of funds, the company said.

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