By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Reaction Biology has reeled in a $1.2 million small business innovation research grant from the National Cancer Institute that it will use to expand an epigenetics-related drug discovery screening platform, the company said today.

The Malvern, Pa.-based firm plans to use the two-year grant to expand its Methyltransferase HotSpotSM drug discovery screens from 14 to 35 or more, the company said.

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