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In return for access to Forma's compound library and cell-based screening platforms, Eisai will pay $20 million upfront and in committed funding over three years, plus potential milestone and royalty payments.

The firms have expanded an alliance to include cell culture media and high-performance toxicity assays for new cell-based tools for drug discovery and development.

The new label-free and real-time cell-based assays will incorporate Vivo's HuBiogel platform.

A new NINDS and NIMH grant program will provide up to $5 million in grants to develop scalable assays for analysis of molecular and cellular events in neurons related to brain functioning.

Berlin-based Probiogen will provide its Human Artificial Lymph Node Technology to Affiris to search for vaccine candidates for potential clinical trials.

The high-throughput and assay development agreement will focus on identifying and validating hits for an immune disease and cancer-related target.

ZenBio will offer the cell lines in cryopreserved and cultured forms, as well as contract services including assay development and compound screening.

The companies will develop miniaturized cell-based assays using high-throughput flow cytometry and computational models for hepatotoxicity testing.

Cisbio Bioassays will use CellAura's flourescent reagents for non-radioactive assays for cellular studies.

StemCells said the restructuring will support the growth of the stem cell culture and cell-based assay platforms it inherited as part of its estimated $4.8 million acquisition of SCS in April.


A survey by Nature finds that most researchers want scientific meetings to continue virtually or with a virtual component, even after the pandemic ends.

Bloomberg reports that the B.1.351 SARS-CoV-2 viral variant could prompt the formulation of better vaccines.

Certain blood proteins may be able to distinguish COVID-19 patients who will become critically ill from those who will not, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

In Genome Biology this week: algorithm to assess regulatory features, approach to integrate multiple single-cell RNA-seq datasets, and more.