San Diego startup TissueNetix will by the end of this year make two services available for screening human heart cells in order to eliminate toxic compounds during the drug discovery process, according to the company's CEO.

Robert Ellis told BioArray News that TissueNetix is preparing to introduce its Wave technology platform as a service in the second quarter. A second product for cardiotoxicity screening, called the Cardiac Cell Conduction Array, will also be launched as a service later this year.

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