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Bionas, Primacyt, Institut Pasteur-Korea, Cellectricon, Beckman Coulter, Aurora Biotechnologies

Bionas and Primacyt to Develop Cell-Based Assay to Study Hepatotoxicity
Bionas and Primacyt said this week that they will jointly develop a cell-based assay using human liver cells to predict hepatotoxic effects of drugs and chemicals.
Primacyt, based in Schwerin, Germany, will supply the hepatocytes. The hepatocytes will be cultivated on Bionas metabolic chips with chemically defined media from Primacyt.
The chips will be evaluated in the Bionas 2500 analyzing system. The hepatocytes can be reused for other experiments in the system, the companies said.
Financial details were not disclosed.

Institut Pasteur-Korea to Use IDBS Data Management Software
IDBS said this week that Institut Pasteur-Korea has purchased the company’s ActivityBase data-management software for use in its high-content and high-throughput screening operations.
IP-K will use ActivityBase to consolidate chemistry information and screening results, including those from microscopy-based screens, in a single Oracle database, IDBS said.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Cellectricon Wins $316K Swedish Grant to Develop Microfluidic GPCR Screening Platform
The Swedish government awarded Cellectricon a SEK 2.3 million ($316,218) research grant to develop its microfluidics platform for high-resolution GPCR screening, the company said this week.
The VINNOVA grant was made by the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems.
Cellectricon is based in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Beckman Coulter to Distribute Aurora Biotechnologies' ChemLib Microplates
Aurora Biotechnologies this week said that Beckman Coulter has become a global distributor of Aurora’s ChemLib line of microplates.
In a statement, Beckman said that Aurora’s ChemLib microplates, when packaged with Beckman’s liquid-handling and detection instrumentation technologies, “allow us to offer our customers a total miniaturization solution."
Financial or geographical terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.