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UCLA's Pancreatic Center Taps SiDMAP's Founders for Metabolomic Profiling

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – SiDMAP’s co-founders will perform metabolomics profiling for pancreatic studies run by the University of California, Los Angeles, and funded by the National Institutes of Health, the company said last week.
The company said that Paul Lee and Laszlo Boros will work with UCLA’s Center for Excellence in Pancreatic Medicine, which in October was named a National Center for Excellence by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and received over $5.6 million to study various pancreatic diseases.
The SiDMAP tracer technology measures metabolic pathway flux to gain insights into cell function, the privately held firm said.

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