Researchers at Microbiotix are using a three-year Phase I Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop cell-based screens for compounds that can be used against the bacterium Burkholderia pseudomallei, a company official told CBA News this week.
The company plans to develop reporter screens for four targets from the potentially fatal bacterium, characterize the resulting hits, and develop them into lead compounds, said Donald Moir, CSO of Microbiotix.

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