imaGenes Appointed as BioTrove OpenArray® Service Provider

September 17, 2009

First service provider outside the U.S. will pave the way for European market

Berlin and Woburn - The Berlin-based integrated genomics services specialist imaGenes will complement its offerings with BioTrove's OpenArray(R) Platform, a nanoliter Real-Time qPCR, allowing for about 9,000 assays simultaneously.

The high throughput OpenArray(R) platform delivers superior performance to comparative qPCR systems in a much easier to use format. OpenArray(R) produces more results faster, allowing gene expression profiling, microRNA profiling analyses and biomarker studies to be completed in days instead of weeks and at a much lower price. OpenArray(R) technology utilizes nanoliter fluidics enabling one person to generate over 27,000 assays per day.

OpenArray(R) offers six logs of sensi¬tivity in a miniaturized customizable parallel array format with excellent corre¬lation to data from conventional large volume Real-Time PCR. There¬fore, this platform fills a huge gap for experiments where microarray data lack accuracy and next generation sequencing is not cost-efficient.

imaGenes is BioTrove's first OpenArray(R) Service Provider for Real-Time qPCR Analysis outside the U.S. "We chose imaGenes for their extensive experience in microarray and next generation sequencing services. A spirited company with a well established quality management is an ideal partner to convince customers of the benefits of BioTrove's OpenArray(R) platform" says Derek Potter, BioTrove's European Director.

OpenArray(R) supports both TaqMan(R) and SYBR(R) chemistries. As an alternative to customer-designed assays, ready-to-use OpenArray(R) Pathways gene panels are also offered and contain bench-validated real-time qPCR assays. They provide to researchers a comprehensive set of gene families to aid the study of cancer, cardiovascular disease, inflammatory disease and basic cellular systems. Each plate in the OpenArray(R) Pathways product family contains 600+ laboratory tested assays.

About imaGenes :
imaGenes GmbH, Berlin, is a premier provider of genome research services in Europe and was founded in 2007 as a spin-off from RZPD (German Resource Center for Genome Research). imaGenes manages one of the most comprehensive collections of clones of mammalian and vertebrate genes in the world offered via its clone search engine GenomeCube(R), linked to international databases. The imaGenes research services feature a broad range of microarray applications on Affymetrix, Agilent, and NimbleGen platforms, OpenArray RT-qPCR from BioTrove as well as next generation sequencing services on an Illumina Genome Analyzer System. Researchers in academia and in the pharmaceutical industry are provided with highest quality resources and innovative technology with maximum flexibility and cost effectiveness. imaGenes is fully compliant with ISO 9001:2008 quality standards. A comprehensive overview can be found at www.imagenes-bio.de or www.rzpd.de.

About BioTrove
BioTrove, Inc. offers two innovative technology platforms: OpenArray(R), which advances genomic research in a wide range of life science fields, including agriculture, disease research, and public health, and RapidFire(R), which enables the acceleration of drug discovery and pipeline decisions. With 11 of the 12 largest biopharmaceutical companies based on global sales as clients, and partnerships with prestigious research and public health centers around the world, BioTrove's products and services ensure that an industry committed to accuracy and speed can meet business goals.

The OpenArray(R) Platform
The OpenArray(R) Platform enables genomics researchers to generate SNP and real time qPCR data in the hundreds of thousands of data points per day, significantly increasing the number of samples analyzed while significantly decreasing the time and cost required. The flexible format and nanoliter scale of the OpenArray system allows for easy adjustment of sample and assay numbers, achieving economical, high-throughput genomics. Life Technologies globally markets the OpenArray SNP genotyping platform under the TaqMan(R) OpenArray(R) SNP Genotyping brand. BioTrove is a licensee of Life Technologies global patent rights related to the real-time thermal cyclers, microfluidics and data analysis.

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