VWR to Distribute Stratagene Products in Canada

Companies Will Provide Integrated Customer and Technical Support to Canadian Customers

LA JOLLA, Calif.–Stratagene Corporation (NASDAQ:STGN), a developer, manufacturer and marketer of specialized life science research and diagnostics products, announced today that VWR International, Inc. will become a distributor of Stratagene’s full line of research products in Canada. The companies expect that customers will be able to access Stratagene products through VWR beginning in October 2006.

Under the terms of the agreement, Stratagene and VWR will service Canadian customers in an integrated manner. In addition to increasing Stratagene’s presence in the Canadian market with broader sales representation and customer relationships, VWR will inventory Stratagene products in warehouses located in Edmonton and Mississauga to provide Canadian customers with faster and more economical delivery. Stratagene will continue to support Canadian customers with direct sales representation and field applications support personnel in Canada as well as provide technical support and instrument service from its U.S. offices.

“Both of our companies possess strengths which we want to leverage to provide the best life science research products and support to our mutual Canadian customers,” said Joseph A. Sorge, MD, President and CEO of Stratagene. “Stratagene is recognized as a premier brand name in life sciences and is a leader in many product areas, while VWR provides well-established, reputable distribution and coverage of the Canadian market. Together, we believe we offer Canadian customers unparalleled combination of value.”

“This agreement significantly enhances VWR’s network of supplier partnerships by extending Stratagene’s industry-leading life science research products to our customers,” said Brian Kerslake, VWR Vice President of Life Science. “Our relationship will continue to strengthen VWR’s ability to provide our customers with superior solutions and technology.”

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