Merck's Mean Screen Machine

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Berta Strulovici was faced with a choice. When she joined Merck five years ago from Tularik to head its high-throughput screening operations, the pharmaceutical company had no centralized screening facility. "That was my mandate," she says.

She knew what she wanted. "People at Merck used to do a lot more biochemical rather than intact cell assays," she says. "And from the beginning I was looking for technologies that allow miniaturization, particularly of intact cells."

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