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Syrrx, Sankyo Pen Drug-Discovery Alliance

NEW YORK, June 13 - Syrrx and Japanese biotech Sankyo have penned a research collaboration that applies Syrrx's high-throughput protein-microcrystallization technology to multiple undisclosed drug targets provided by Sankyo.


The deal calls for Tokyo-based Sankyo to provide Syrrx with an upfront tech-access fee. Additionally, Syrrx said it may in the future be allowed to begin its own drug-discovery research.


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