San Francisco — In dissecting the many presentations and breakout sessions at the JPMorgan Healthcare Conference here last week, it became clear that in 2006 the multi-platform research tool providers will likely be as active on the acquisition front as they were in 2005, and they will be looking to expand their current product offerings into new applications.

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