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Affymetrix Launches Advanced RNA Amplification Technology for Whole-Genome Expression Analysis of FFPE Samples

Affymetrix, Inc. (NASDAQ:AFFX) announced today the availability of SensationPlus™ FFPE Amplification and 3’ IVT Labeling Kit (SensationPlus™ FFPE Reagent Kit), consisting of RNA amplification and labeling modules, to enable gene expression profiling of formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) samples on GeneChip® 3’ IVT arrays and Almac XcelTM Array for disease clinical research and retrospective studies.

The PROOF Centre of Excellence Partners with OriGene Technologies on Heart & Kidney Transplant Biomarker Program

OriGene Technologies, Inc. and Canada’s Centre of Excellence for the Prevention of Organ Failure (PROOF Centre) recently announced the selection of OriGene Technologies as a major collaboration and development partner to implement blood-based protein assays in heart and kidney transplantation. This multi-year, collaborative project funded by multiple partners will provide monitoring and predictive blood tests, based upon OriGene’s extensive expertise in immunoassay and antibody development, to improve the care of heart and kidney transplant patients worldwide.

Bio-Rad and Myriad RBM Partner to Commercialize Multiplex Biomarker Kits for Life Science Research

Bio Rad Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: BIO and BIOb), a multinational manufacturer and distributor of life science research and clinical diagnostic products, and Myriad RBM, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Myriad Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ: MYGN), and a leading multiplex biomarker testing company, today announced that they have partnered to develop and distribute high-quality immunoassay kits. Under the terms of the agreement, Myriad RBM grants Bio-Rad exclusive distribution rights, for research purposes, to the largest catalog of quantitative multiplexed immunoassays currently available to run on the Bio-Plex® 200, Bio-Plex® 3D, and Bio-Plex® MAGPIX™ instruments.

Gentris Corporation Launches New Pharmacogenomics Services

Gentris Corporation, a global leader in pharmacogenomics and biorepository services, announced today that it has expanded its genomic biomarker services by incorporating multiple technology platforms into its 24,000 sq. ft., CLIA-certified, GLP-compliant laboratory. Gentris has integrated the Affymetrix GCS3000, Sequenom MassArray, and LifeTech Ion Torrent technologies in a continued effort to identify polymorphisms involved in drug response and adverse drug events as well as in determining somatic mutations in cancer.

Scienion, Courtagen Ink Deal for Biochip Production

Scienion US, Inc. announced recently that Courtagen Life Sciences, Inc. – a privately held life sciences company that provides innovative proteomic and genomic products and services to the life sciences industry – will use SCIENION’s sciFLEXARRAYER technology to produce innovative biochips for multiplex immunoassays, and collaborate with Scienion to meet future manufacturing and market needs.