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Oxford Gene Technology to Distribute SciGene Microarray Products in Europe

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Oxford Gene Technology (OGT) and SciGene announced at the annual meeting of the British Society for Human Genetics (BSHG), an agreement for OGT to supply SciGene’s lines of microarray sample processing equipment to cytogenetics and research laboratories throughout the European Union, excluding Germany.

According to SciGene, its automated instruments can improve test reproducibility and lower costs, while saving hours of valuable hands-on time. The range of instruments can provide cytogeneticists with a way to automate their entire microarray workflow, from DNA labelling and purification, through hybridization, to array washing and drying.

Mike Evans, OGT’s CEO, said: “SciGene products are uniquely positioned to provide automated solutions for previously labour-intensive protocols. This agreement allows OGT to broaden its comprehensive product offering of microarray-based tools for cytogenetics laboratories.”

Alongside its CytoSure family of high resolution oligonucleotide arrays, OGT now offers: ArrayPrep® Target Preparation Systems – for automating DNA labelling, purification and array loading for aCGH-based tests; and ArrayPrep® aCGH Genomic Labelling Systems – packaged ready-to-use kits for labelling genomic DNA; Mai Tai® Hybridization Systems – for batch hybridizing four slides at a time; Little Dipper® Processors – for producing clean slides ready for scanning or imaging; NoZone® Workspaces – for providing an ozone-safe environment for array processing and scanning.