The Niantic-based engineering firm PVI Systems and its related software company, Sound Analytics, have partnered with Pfizer Inc. to develop a machine that speeds up the drug-discovery process.

PVI has unveiled its latest Apricot Designs Dual Arm Autosampler, which executives estimate may speed up the drug-sampling process by 50 percent to 75 percent when compared with single-arm machines. The machines use a mass spectrometer to analyze drug samples for certain properties that make new compounds more likely to succeed when given to patients during clinical trials … more