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Fluxion Bio Lands NIH Grant for Antimicrobial Microfluidic Systems

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Microfluidic systems developer Fluxion Biosciences has received a Phase I grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a platform for use in antimicrobial drug discovery and development programs, the company said today.
The San Francisco-based company did not disclose the amount of the grant and was not immediately available for comment.
The goal of the company’s research under the grant is to develop a higher throughput microfluidic system that will enable detection methods to enhance antimicrobial effectiveness and systems for conducting multi-point dose response curves, Fluxion said.
"The ability to rapidly screen and characterize antimicrobial compounds will be a powerful tool for developing the next generation of drug therapies," Carolyn Conant, grant project leader, said in a statement.

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