Life Science Consumables

Company Announcements

Exiqon’s Research Product sales grew 43% in 2008. Exiqon expects the business to be cash flow positive by the end of 2009.

Norgen Biotek signed an OEM manufacturing and supply agreement to supply Exiqon with RNA purification kits.

Stemgent will market certain research reagents for inducible stem cell technology based on TET Systems’ Tet Technology for controlling gene expression in higher organisms. Stemgent will apply the technology to its suite of viral vector systems for the generation of induced pluripotent stem cells. Clontech provides all basic research reagents for the Tet System.

Stemgent raised $14 million in a Series A-1 round of funding in March, according to

Fluorotechnics named CFO and operations officer James Walker CEO in March, replacing Dr. Duncan Veal, who was named CTO.

Genovis entered into a distribution agreement with Biozym Scientific GmbH for Germany and Austria.

BioPike will distribute AnaSpec products in China.

PerkinElmer announced a collaboration with Korea’s Sangmyung University based on applying its AequoScreen aequorin assay technology to GPCR research.

Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT) acquired UK-based VH Bio’s oligo business in March. The firms will also work together to grow IDT’s business in the UK.

SciGene will incorporate reagents used in Invitrogen’s BioPrime Total Genomic Labeling System into its ArrayPrep Target Preparation System.

Proteigene will distribute NanoScreen’s disposable tips product lines, dispense heads and dispense systems in France.

Life Technologies and Nanosys signed a cross-licensing agreement to share rights to an intellectual property estate related to fluorescent nanocrystals. The companies will develop products to help prevent counterfeiting.

VWR will distribute ZyGEM’s DNA extraction kits in the life science research, forensic, agriculture and animal health markets in Europe.

Product Introductions

GeneCopoeia introduced a suite of miRNA functional analysis reagents and tools.

Millipore and CXR Biosciences launched the ToxReporter panel of engineered cell lines and assays for the detection of cellular responses linked to toxic stresses.

Thermo Fisher Scientific released the Maybridge Quick2Lead Compound Kits for rapid compound library synthesis around bioactive hits.

Thermo Fisher Scientific released the HyClone HyStem Hydrogels, HyStem Hydrogel, HyStem-C and Hystem-HP extracellular matrix kits.

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