By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Roched has entered into an agreement with ChanTest to evaluate the safety of potential drug compounds.

Under the terms of the deal announced today, ChanTest, an ion channel screening provider, will use Roche's xCelligence System RTCA Cardio Instrument and Cellular Dynamics International's iCell Cardiomyocytes to evaluate pharmacological responses to a number of compounds that have been selected based on their known effects on ion channels.

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