NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Horizon Discovery said this week that an unnamed top-10 pharmaceutical firm has contracted the Horizon CombinatoRx division to profile a lead oncology asset. The contract is for six months and Horizon CombinatoRx will be paid $450,000 for its work, which includes services in support of proof of concept, monotherapy screening, and combination screening.

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