Fresh off its official incorporation as a company, San Diego-based Cyntellect announced last week that it has entered into a research agreement with Japanese drug maker Daiichi, which will use Cyntellect’s high-throughput cell imaging and laser-based manipulation technology for cell-based drug discovery.

Under the terms of the agreement, Cyntellect will design, configure, and run cell-based assays on its LEAP (Laser-Enabled Analysis and Processing) platform against a compound collection provided by Daiichi.

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