By Justin Petrone

Royal Philips Electronics and bioMérieux plan to jointly develop fully automated handheld diagnostic biochips for hospital use that can be deployed at the point of care. The firms are aiming for eventual adoption of their chips in critical care settings within hospitals.

The deal is the latest for Philips, which is increasingly looking for partners to bring applications to market on its internally developed biosensor and microarray platforms.

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