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Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding to Participate in Microchip Biotechnologies Early Access Program for Microchip-Based DNA Sample Preparation and Cycle Sequencing
Date:4/8/2008

DUBLIN, Calif., April 8, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- Microchip Biotechnologies, Inc. (MBI) is pleased to announce that the Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding (CCDB), at the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, University of Guelph, will be the first participant to join MBI's early access program for the Apollo 100 STAR System. The Apollo 100 STAR is the first fully automated and integrated system for DNA sample preparation for sequencing. The System incorporates MBI's MOV(TM) (Microscale-On-Chip-Valve) technology exclusively licensed from the University of California.

DNA sample preparation is a tedious and time consuming process performed prior to DNA sequencing. There are numerous manual stages that use costly reagents and are subject to human error. MBI's Apollo 100 STAR automatically performs DNA cycle sequencing and bead-based cleanup on microchips which significantly reduces labor, costly reagent consumption, and potential errors in sample processing.

"We are delighted that the Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding has agreed to collaborate in our Apollo 100 STAR early access program. Their commitment to this program validates MBI's overall strategic goal to develop and market front-end sample preparation systems for life science and diagnostic solutions," said Stevan Jovanovich, Ph.D., President and CEO of MBI.

"We are excited about the prospects of using Apollo 100 STAR in our facility. MBI is focused on developing technologies that will significantly aid in DNA barcoding systems. CCDB is committed to adopt such advanced technologies and to aid in technology development particularly in partnership with the commercial sector," said Mehrdad Hajibabaei, Ph.D., Associate Director of CCDB.

About Microchip Biotechnologies

Microchip Biotechnologies, Inc. is an early-stage privately-held company located in Dublin, California that is developing advanced programmable fluidic sample preparation and analytical instrumentation for Life Sciences, Applied Sciences, and Diagnostics markets. These solution are based on MBI's proprietary NanoBioProcessor(TM) platform and associated "Microscale-on-Chip-Valves" (MOV(TM)). More details can be found on the Company's website: http://www.microchipbiotech.com.

About Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding

Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding is the first large-scale DNA barcoding research and production facility in the world. Its mission is to advance species identification and discovery through the comparative analysis of short, standardized gene regions known as DNA barcodes. By shifting the process of species recognition from traditional morphological approaches to one based on discrete genetic codes, DNA barcoding promises rapid automated identifications. CCDB is moving towards the activation of the International Barcode of Life Project (iBOL). This 5 year/ $150M project aims at building DNA barcode libraries for 5M specimens from 0.5M socio-economically important species. More details can be found on: http://www.dnabarcoding.ca, http://www.dnabarcoding.org


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