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Amedis Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

Executive Summary

Amedis Pharmaceuticals Ltd., based in Cambridge, UK, has developed a range of tools designed to help overcome the bottleneck in the drug development process. Established in April 2000, teh company has devised two core platform technologies based on a combination of chemistry, biology and bioinformatics.

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