In a move expected to strengthen its cell-based assay offerings on its LabChip microfluidics system, Caliper Life Sciences, of Hopkinton, Mass., earlier this month agreed to acquire cell culture and other technology developed by Amphora Discovery, of Research Triangle Park, NC.

Caliper said it will now incorporate the technology into a new calcium-flux assay, which will enable users of the LabChip to perform assays against G-protein coupled receptors — one of the more important cellular targets in drug screening.

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