By John S. MacNeil

Chris Austin, the co-leader of a new NIH project to build a high-throughput small molecule screening initiative, knows a few things about drug development. After all, the 44-year-old scientist spent six years working for Merck Research Laboratories, where he ran a laboratory focusing on genomic neuroscience and led a team developing new drugs for schizophrenia.

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