MALVERN, Pa., April 11 – Ciphergen Biosystems, makers of the ProteinChip protein affinity array, is ramping up its efforts to automate the preparation and analysis of its chips, the company said Wednesday.

The push to increase the number of spots on each of Ciphergen’s chips—currently either six or eight—is part of an effort to make the chips more effective at identifying multiple markers associated with disease, said William Rich, Ciphergen’s CEO.

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