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Platypus Lands $100K SBIR Grant

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Platypus Technologies will use a $100,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop its cell motility products for use in high-throughput screening applications, the firm said on Tuesday.

The one-year Small Business Innovation Research grant will support an expansion of and modifications to the current Oris 96-well cell migration assay in order to make it compatible with automated liquid handling and high content imaging systems.

Platypus Program Manager Renee Herber said in a statement that the advancements "will dramatically improve testing throughput and efficiency, while reducing the cost per assay for researchers."

The Madison, Wis.-based firm said that it has received a total of more than $18 million in NIH support to date, and that it is currently developing technology using liquid crystals for the rapid and low-cost detection of molecular interactions.

The Scan

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