NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Retrogenix announced this week that it has opened a business development office in Cambridge, Mass., to better serve its US pharmaceutical customers.

Manchester, UK-based Retrogenix offers drug target screening services on an internally developed cell microarray platform. With a focus on target deconvolution – identifying target binding sites for molecules of interest – the company has built up enough of an international presence that roughly half of its revenues are now generated in the US, according to Managing Director Jim Freeth.

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