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NIH Extends Agreement with Galapagos for MLSMR

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Galapagos announced today that the National Institutes of Health have extended the service agreement with BioFocus to operate the Molecular Libraries Small Molecule Repository through December 2012.

As a result of the contract, Galapagos could receive up to $8.6 million during the course of the extension.

BioFocus is Galapagos' service division and helps its partners to accelerate the gene-to-drug candidate discovery process. It runs a compound management facility for a number of industrial and US government customers out of Compound Focus, a subsidiary based in South San Francisco, Calif.

BioFocus has been the home to MLSMR since 2004, and under its NIH contract acquires and stores compounds and distributes them for high-throughput biological screening throughout NIH's network in the US.

MLSMR is a component of the Molecular Libraries Initiative, an NIH Roadmap project.

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