Italian drug-discovery firm Axxam is providing the National Institutes of Health's Chemical Genomics Center with a selection of cell lines and cell-based assay protocols for use in the NCGC's high-throughput screening program, Axxam said this week.

Though the agreement lacks any direct financial benefit for Axxam, it could represent an entry point for the company into the US academic and research institute market because the NCGC is the "hub" for the Molecular Library Screening Centers consortium under the NIH's Roadmap for Biomedical Research plan.

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