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QIAGEN's New Product Line, QIAsafe(R) DNA Blood, has Been Co-Developed With Biomatrica and is Based on Biomatrica's SampleMatrix(R) Technology
Date:9/9/2009

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Biomatrica, Inc. and QIAGEN announce the launch of QIAGEN's new QIAsafe DNA Blood Products, the first dry blood storage available on a matrix based on Biomatrica's innovative SampleMatrix(R) technology.

The QIAsafe DNA Blood Products add to QIAGEN's portfolio of solutions for the biological sample management chain. Biomatrica's SampleMatrix technology significantly simplifies transport and storage of blood samples at room temperature by forming protective seals around DNA.

"With the increasing energy and environmental cost associated with cold storage of biological samples, it is critical for biobanks, research institutions and biotechnology companies to identify alternative storage solutions," said Judy Muller-Cohn, Ph.D., CEO and co-founder of Biomatrica. "The SampleMatrix technology employed in the QIAsafe DNA Blood Tubes and Plates allow for safe, long term preservation of DNA in blood samples at room temperature. Recovery of the sample is by simple hydration, followed by purification of DNA for use in downstream applications."

The current standard for storage of biological samples is either at minus 20 degrees C or minus 80 degrees C. It is costly for biobanks to not only keep these samples cold, but also to house the refrigerators and freezers in their laboratories. New methods are being sought to allow storage at room temperature, thus reducing costs as well as being environmentally friendly, but also maintaining high integrity and yield of DNA. QIAGEN launched QIAsafe DNA Blood to provide easy transport and storage of whole blood at room temperature and high yield of DNA extracted from the sample.

"This is a unique product for researchers in molecular diagnostics, biomedical research and Pharma that rely on biobanking," said Marie McCluskey, global product manager at QIAGEN. "Traditional room tempe
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