Laval, QC, August 11, 2006 – Warnex Inc. (TSX: WNX) today announced that it has formed a strategic alliance with Eppendorf, a global leader in the laboratory equipment market, which will combine Eppendorf’s state-of-the-art Mastercycler® ep realplex real-time PCR system with Warnex’s pathogen detection kits and software to provide enhanced food safety tests.
“In addition to offering our customers cutting-edge technology and high quality detection products, we are committed to providing them with superior technical support and customer service,” said Mark Busgang, President and CEO of Warnex. “Our alliance with Eppendorf, a leader in the field of laboratory equipment and world-renowned for its level of quality and service, reflects our joint commitment to meet the needs of the industry.”
“We are pleased to align with Warnex, a leader in the development of pathogen detection kits, permitting us to enter into the food diagnostics market,” said Klaus Fink, President and CEO of Eppendorf AG. “With their scientific expertise and strong commitment to research and development, Warnex has developed a broad portfolio of pathogen detection tests and has led the way with quantitative real-time PCR tests. Together, our expertise will generate a complete and state-of-the-art food testing solution providing significant customer benefits.”
The WarnexTM Rapid Pathogen Detection System offers a versatile detection and quantification platform, using real-time PCR technology combined with proprietary genetic markers and software, to rapidly and accurately determine the presence of pathogens in a sample. The system allows for the simultaneous detection of multiple pathogens and processing of samples within 3 to 48 hours, a significant improvement over traditional microbiology tests that require 5 to 7 days.
Warnex will offer Eppendorf’s Mastercycler ep realplex real-time PCR system as an additional platform for its proprietary pathogen tests. The Mastercycler ep realplex (www.mastercycler.com) features the latest technology, combined with superior design and a quality finish. Powered by a highly accurate and uniform thermal engine, the system allows for multiplexing with 2 or 4 emission filters and comes with a full real time-PCR licence