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July 15, 2010

Nanoscopic bead technology could speed drug discovery by Ten Thousand times and drug development by years

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Lab-on-Bead uses tiny beads studded with "pins" that match a drug to a disease marker in a single step, so researchers can test an infinite number millions of possibilities for treatments all at once. When Lab-on-Bead makes a match, it has found a viable treatment for a specific disease - speeding up drug discovery by as much as 10,000 times and cutting out years of testing and re-testing in the laboratory.

Lab-on-Bead screens millions of chemicals simultaneously using plastic beads so small that 1,000 of them would fit across a human hair. Pharmaceutical companies would use the technology to identify treatments and diagnostics for conditions ranging from cancer to Alzheimer's.


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