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Emerald BioStructures

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Emerald BioStructures and UCB have extended a collaboration aimed at identifying multiple targets in the drug discovery process, Emerald announced on Thursday.

The firms achieved a second milestone in their drug discovery pact, which utilizes Emerald's X-ray crystallography platform.

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