Corning Announces Significant Milestone in High-Throughput Label-Free Screening for Drug Development

Two 100,000-compound screens performed in high throughput using Corning® Epic® System; Data presented at industry’s first label-free symposium in Dresden, Germany

CORNING, N.Y., JUNE 12, 2008 — Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW) today announced the completion of two independent high-throughput label-free screens believed to be the largest ever publicly announced label-free screens to date. Renowned scientists from two of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies each screened 100,000 drug candidates in high throughput using the label-free Corning® Epic® System. These two screens represent a major milestone in accelerating drug discovery using label-free technology.

“Our customers have demonstrated true high-throughput label-free screening – a goal that has eluded label-free researchers for many years,” said Ron Verkleeren, Epic business director, Corning Incorporated. “Removing fluorescent, luminescent and radioactive labels from assays promises to improve the speed and quality of the drug discovery process,” he continued. “It can open up a wider variety of drug targets and enable researchers to study drug candidates in more physiologically relevant systems. These screens exemplify the remarkable progress label-free technology has made in the last few years and the significant impact it can have in the future.”

Data from both screens were presented at the Label Free Technologies in Drug Discovery Symposium hosted by the Society for Biomolecular Sciences (SBS) from June 10-11 in Dresden, Germany. For further information about the presentations or the SBS Label Free symposium visit

Corning’s Epic system is the world’s first high-throughput label-free screening system. It uses patented optical biosensor technology to enable the study of a broad range of biochemical and cell-based targets. The system was launched in 2006 and has been deployed at customer sites in North America, Europe and Asia.

For additional information on the Epic System or any other Corning Life Sciences products, please contact a customer service representative at 1-800-492-1110, toll-free in the United States, (+1) 978-442-2200 internationally, or visit

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Corning Incorporated ( is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. Drawing on more than 150 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Corning creates and makes keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences. Our products include glass substrates for LCD televisions, computer monitors and laptops; ceramic substrates and filters for mobile emission control systems; optical fiber, cable, hardware & equipment for telecommunications networks; optical biosensors for drug discovery; and other advanced optics and specialty glass solutions for a number of industries including semiconductor, aerospace, defense, astronomy and metrology.

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