NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Italian pharmaceutical and diagnostics firm the Menarini Group has acquired Bologna-based Silicon Biosystems for an undisclosed sum, the firms announced today.

Silicon Biosystems has commercialized a microelectronic array-based platform, called DEPArray, that can isolate and manipulate cells, including rare cells such as stem cells and circulating tumor cells, in a suspension matrix.

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