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According to Matthew Kuruc, COO of PIN member ProFact Proteomics, the network aims to help smaller firms offer complete solutions similar to those increasingly provided by large instrument vendors and to popularize non-mass spec-based proteomics workflows.

Although it's too early to announce biopharma partners, the 13 companies involved in the network are hoping that their collective skills and specialties will attract companies interested in developing drugs targeted to specific proteomic markers in patients.

The group aims to provide solutions for all stages of proteomics research and address "critical unmet needs in biomarker and drug target discovery, personalized medicine, drug profiling, and selective reaction monitoring."

Over the past week, OGT acquired protein-array maker Sense Proteomic, Aushon bought Thermo's SearchLight protein-array business, and Gentel and Eprogen allied to help drug makers identify new autoantibody biomarkers.

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Gentel and Eprogen will combine their respective technologies to make whole proteome microarrays for identifying new autoantibody biomarkers.

The apple has traveled westward and eastward along the Silk Road, according to a new genetic analysis.

In Nature this week: GWAS data used to reposition drugs for psychiatric use, and more.

Genetic disease risk information doesn't always spur people to make healthy lifestyle changes, according to the Associated Press.

A University of California, San Diego-led team has used liquid biopsies to uncover possible treatments for patients with cancers of unknown primary.