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In Vivo summarizes the technology of several recently founded companies: Aptus Genomics Inc. is developing a platform to identify, qualify, and patent human cell surface receptor genes. Raven Biotechnologies Inc. spin-off bioMosaic Systems Inc. will develop Raven's CellArray cell-based high-throughput screening system. IntelliServices Inc. is building a suite of ASP-based software solutions for physicians. Spine Wave Inc. will develop and commercialize a minimally-invasive method for spinal disc repair. 20/20 Gene Systems Inc. is building protein analysis tools for determining the molecular fingerprint of a patient sample and comparing it to archived information from a larger patient population. Xcel Pharmaceuticals Inc. will in-license pharmaceuticals for niche therapeutic markets, initially focusing on neurology.
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