The Center for Proteomic and Genomic Research, a new facility based in Cape Town, South Africa, has recently begun several studies with the goal of developing array-based theranostics and diagnostics for allergies and asthma, according to a CPGR official.

Reinhard Hiller, director of the CPGR, says the center opened its doors earlier this year. Among other projects, the center has been studying asthma using an allergen chip platform Hiller helped develop as an R&D director at Vienna-based VBC Genomics, where he worked before coming to Cape Town to lead the CPGR.

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