SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 7 - Smaller genomics, proteomics, and bioinformatics companies will look to take part in mergers and acquisitions in 2002 while bigger firms will seek to find those missing pieces that will let them make the jump from tool and tech shop to drug discoverer, the managing director of healthcare banking at JPMorgan H&Q said on Monday.

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