As the demand for high-throughput cell-based screening of potential lead pharmaceutical compounds increases, Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Molecular Devices is looking to enhance its market presence in this area.

Though not yet complete, the company’s planned acquisition of Axon Instruments of Melbourne, Australia, is expected to fortify its platform for screening the interaction of compounds with cellular ion channels, a major therapeutic target in central nervous system and cardiovascular disorders.

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