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Michigan HTS Lab to Use $331K Grant from HHS for Robotics

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Michigan High Throughput Screening Center will use a $331,000 equipment grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services to add to its robotics lab equipment, the center said today. 
The screening center, which is based in the Michigan Technical Education Center of the Kalamazoo Valley Community College, will use the funds to buy new low-volume liquid handling robots, MTHSC Senior Director Robert Kilkuskie told GenomeWeb Daily News today.
The screening lab is a nonprofit, fee-for-service facility that supports public and private research in genomics, proteomics, structural biology, animal models, bioinformatics, antibody technology, and high-throughput screening.
The center offers contract-research lab services without licensing fees or royalties.
“What we’re trying to do is provide access to small companies or academics who need access to high-throughput screening,” Kilkuskie said.
Kilkuskie said the center is not yet sure which vendors it plans to turn to for the low-volume robots, but told GWDN it is looking at a few different systems.

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