Thermo Electron will launch its own high-content screening platform next week, and while it will compete against established players in the cell screening space, including GE Healthcare, Fisher Scientific, Molecular Devices, and Becton Dickinson, the firm will also look to partner with these rivals.

Thermo will launch its HCS WorkCell platform next week at the LabAutomation 2006 Conference in Palm Springs, Calif. The turnkey platform will integrate other firms' HCS imagers into instrumentation developed by Thermo.

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