NEW YORK, March 29 – MiraiBio and BioSource International said Thursday they have agreed to jointly develop biological assays for use in drug discovery using Luminex’s LabMAP technology.

BioSource, based in Camarillo, Calif., will develop assay panels related to extracellular signaling, signal transduction, and cytokine research, while MiraiBio, formerly the Genetic Systems Division of Hitachi Software Engineering, will write software to accompany the assays.

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