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StemCells plans to invest in Stem Cell Sciences' operational facilities in Cambridge, UK, in order to provide cell-based assay services to the drug discovery industry there, according to SCS' CEO.

Under terms of the deal, Novartis will give Epistem a $4 million upfront payment and provide funding to study the stem cell shop's drug targets. Epistem could also get up to $45 million in milestone payments for each product developed from targets licensed under the agreement.

NHLBI in late January put out an RFP for the program, which calls for researchers to develop proteomics technologies and apply them to solve clinical puzzles. It is set to begin early next year, shortly after its current two major proteomics initiatives expire.

The study is the first to look at a clinical biomarker to assess potential ecological risk assessment. Eventually, they hope to develop an assay that hydropower operators can use to evaluate how their facilities may be affecting the survival of fish populations, especially those that may be endangered.

Called Proactive, the consortium will use the funds to build out Olink Bioscience's proximity ligation assays to improve the detection of biomarkers for colorectal cancer in plasma.

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If MedImmune can develop and market a drug based on the discovery, it could be a financial boost to the institute, which hopes to diversify its revenue sources once cash from sole corporate sponsor Kirin Pharma USA dries up in 2010.

The FDA has confirmed to DxS that its TheraScreen KRAS test is a Class III device. The company is in the process of submitting its premarket approval application to the agency.

In Print: Mar 3, 2009

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Microarray-Related Papers of Note, February 2009

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As the Canadian election season heats up, neither major party has really paid much attention to science, according to Nature News.

BBC News says the uncertainty over Brexit is affecting science funding in the UK.

A new app purports to tell users "how gay" they are by looking at their DNA, but experts tell Futurism that the app is bunk.

In Nature this week: human and great ape cerebral organoids reveal aspects of brain development unique to humans, and more.