Looking to extend its nanophotonics business into the life-sciences market, Moxtek last week announced that it is co-developing with Philips Research a new microarray platform that it intends to outlicense to an as-yet unidentified life sciences player.

The platform, called the wire-grid microarray chip, will be designed to offer high surface-specificity and suppression of background signals, and could provide improved quantitative detection of biomolecules such as proteins and nucleic acids, the firms said.

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