Lion Bioscience this week officially closed the lid on its history as a bioinformatics company with the acquisition of the operational business of drug-development firm Axaron Bioscience.

Just days after reporting its first profitable fiscal year, which it attributed to the sale of its bioinformatics business to BioWisdom (see sidebar for financial details), Lion announced that its supervisory board had approved the acquisition of Axaron in order to reinvent itself as a drug-development company.

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