Corporate Banner
Satellite Banner
Molecular & Clinical Diagnostics
Scientific Community
 
Become a Member | Sign in
Home>News>This Article
  News
Return

Biogazelle Serves as Reference Laboratory for Bio-Rad's ddPCR System

Published: Monday, September 30, 2013
Last Updated: Monday, September 30, 2013
Bookmark and Share
Biogazelle’s and Bio-Rad’s long-term partnership extends.

Biogazelle has announced that it is serving a reference laboratory for Bio-Rad’s QX200™ Digital Droplet PCR™ system (ddPCR) in Europe. This extends Biogazelle’s and Bio-Rad’s long-term partnership for PCR-based solutions.

As a reference laboratory, Biogazelle uses ddPCR in its R&D programs and shares its ddPCR user experience with the PCR community.

In addition, Biogazelle is acting as a ddPCR service provider for third parties who are interested in outsourcing a study. In addition, the Biogazelle laboratory also serves as a live research environment for prospective QX200 system customers.

Professor Jo Vandesompele, co-founder of Biogazelle, welcomes the agreement: "We are a young and dynamic company, eager to learn from and to teach the PCR research community. Being a reference center for ddPCR is completely in line with our mission to address unmet needs through excellence in science and technology."

Digital PCR is a nucleic acid quantification method with unprecedented resolution and relative sensitivity. It can determine how many nucleic acid target molecules are present in a particular sample by counting how many miniaturized reactions are positive if the template is partitioned into 1000’s of parallel reactions.

The QX200 system uses droplets as partitions to perform ddPCR. It is a flexible and high throughput instrument with an optimal number of partitions per sample. Both probe and dye based assays can be used.

Biogazelle is at the forefront of digital PCR-based research, as it was one of the first European laboratories that had access to the technology in 2012. The co-founders are also co-author on the digital MIQE guidelines (Huggett et al., Clinical Chemistry, 2013).

Biogazelle is working on various ddPCR projects, including (i) gene copy number quantification to determine the stability of transgenic cells or organisms, (ii) splice variant quantification, (iii) quantification of pathogenic organisms, and (iv) rare event detection for cancer diagnostics and monitoring of patient response to treatment.

By sharing its expertise in assay development, experiment design and nucleic acid quantification, Biogazelle aims to serve the digital PCR community. In addition, Biogazelle will use its experience to provide digital PCR services for academic and industrial customers.

Dr. Jan Hellemans, co-founder of Biogazelle, acknowledges the great potential digital PCR holds for clinical diagnostics. "Data interpretation is quite straightforward and results can easily be shared and interpreted among different users because absolute concentrations are determined. Moreover, its inherently high precision, accuracy and relative sensitivity are relevant features for laboratory tests that are used in the clinic. Biogazelle is proud to accelerate ddPCR discoveries, bringing ddPCR closer to the clinic."


Further Information
Access to this exclusive content is for Technology Networks Premium members only.

Join Technology Networks Premium for free access to:

  • Exclusive articles
  • Presentations from international conferences
  • Over 2,500+ scientific posters on ePosters
  • More than 3,700+ scientific videos on LabTube
  • 35 community eNewsletters


Sign In



Forgotten your details? Click Here
If you are not a member you can join here

*Please note: By logging into TechnologyNetworks.com you agree to accept the use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our privacy policy.


Scientific News
The Changing Tides of the In Vitro Diagnostics Market
With the increasing focus in personalized medicine, diagnostics plays a crucial role in patient monitoring.
Poor Survival Rates in Leukemia Linked to Persistent Genetic Mutations
For patients with an often-deadly form of leukemia, new research suggests that lingering cancer-related mutations – detected after initial treatment with chemotherapy – are associated with an increased risk of relapse and poor survival.
'Fountain of Youth' Protein Points to Possible Human Health Benefit
Patients with higher blood levels of growth factor have lower risk of cardiovascular problems.
Signature of Microbiomes Linked to Schizophrenia
Studying microbiomes in throat may help identify causes and treatments of brain disorder.
Imaging Software Could Speed Breast Cancer Diagnosis
Technology could improve access to diagnostic services in developing countries.
Data Mining DNA For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Genes
A new Northwestern Medicine genome-wide association study of PCOS – the first of its kind to focus on women of European ancestry – has provided important new insights into the underlying biology of the disorder.
Algorithm Interprets Breathing Difficulties to Aid in Medical Care
Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed an efficient algorithm that can interpret the wheezing of patients with breathing difficulties to give medical providers information about what’s happening in the lungs.
Researchers Develop qPCR Prognosis Test for NSCLC Patients
A nine-gene molecular prognostic index (MPI) for patients with early-stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) was able to provide accurate survival stratification and could potentially inform the use of adjuvant therapy in patients struggling with the disease.
Genetic Test Could Improve Blood Cancer Treatment
Testing for genetic risk factors could improve treatment for myeloma – a cancer of the blood and bone marrow – by helping doctors identify patients at risk of developing more aggressive disease.
PTR-MS Breath Test Shows Potential for Detecting Liver Disease
Researchers at the University of Birmingham have published results that suggest a non-invasive breath test for liver disease using an IONICON PTR-MS.
Skyscraper Banner

Skyscraper Banner
Go to LabTube
Go to eposters
 
Access to the latest scientific news
Exclusive articles
Upload and share your posters on ePosters
Latest presentations and webinars
View a library of 1,800+ scientific and medical posters
2,500+ scientific and medical posters
A library of 2,500+ scientific videos on LabTube
3,700+ scientific videos
Close
Premium CrownJOIN TECHNOLOGY NETWORKS PREMIUM FREE!