NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – ChanTest today said that it has acquired Applied Cell Sciences, a Rockville, Md.-based contract research organization specializing in G-protein coupled receptors.

Cleveland-based ChanTest provides ion channel testing services and validated cell lines. The privately held firm said that it would maintain both sites and ACS' Founder and CEO Jesse Baumgold would join the company as vice president of business development and product strategy.

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