LONDON - BioFocus plc, of Sittingbourne, Kent, has signed contracts with F. Hoffmann-La Roche of Basel, Switzerland, the Parke-Davis Neuroscience Research Centre in Cambridge and Ribotargets plc in Cambridge for the generation of new drug-discovery libraries.

BioFocus will be partly or wholly responsible for the design of the compounds within the libraries and will carry out all chemistry development and final library syntheses. No financial details have been disclosed, although the compounds will be for the exclusive use of the individual companies. - Nuala Moran