Cenix BioScience this week announced that it has signed an agreement to provide its research services to Swiss drugmaker Debiopharm.

Under the deal, Cenix will use its high-throughput screening and high-content assay know-how to identify predictive biomarkers for Debiopharm’s preclinical oncology candidates.

“Multi-parametric microscopy-based readouts established by Cenix … will be used in a range of human cancer cell models to identify genes and pathways that either enhance or suppress the drug's therapeutic effects,” the company said.

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