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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Caprotec Bioanalytics has reached an agreement to use its technology to screen an undisclosed new active ingredient from Bayer CropScience.

The deal announced today calls for Berlin-based Caprotec to use its Capture Compound Mass Spectrometry technology to profile interactions of Bayer's ingredient in the relevant biological system. The technology, based on tri-functional molecules called capture compounds, can be used to define and confirm drug targets and discover off-target proteins that cause side effects.

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Politico notes that the Biden Administration has not yet nominated a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner. 

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