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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.

Promega's luciferase reporters will be used in SABiosciences' assays.

The University of Lodz will use the system in its gene expression and screening projects.

The firms established a multi-year alliance, under which scientists from the companies will work together to develop hESC-based products for drug discovery.

Appearing in the online editions of Fungal Genetics and Biology and Microbiology, the papers describe the use of Biolog's Phenotype Microarray platform to research secondary pathways in F. graminearum, which is responsible for head blight and crop losses.

The firms are collaborating on providing drug-discovery support services with a focus on predictive toxicology.

Promega's ability to make hepatocytes is limited, so it made sense to partner with a company such as Celsis IVT that specializes in providing cells and other in vitro testing products, a Promega official said.

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