ST. LOUIS, April 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sigma-Aldrich Corporation (NASDAQ: SIAL) announced today that Sigma Life Science, its innovative biological products and services business, has signed an agreement with the Culture Collections of Public Health England, curators for the European Collection of Cell Cultures (ECACC®). In the agreement, the ECACC collection of unique, expertly preserved, authenticated human and animal cell cultures will be offered through the powerful Sigma-Aldrich website www.sigma.com/ecacc.
"ECACC cell lines are authenticated using Short Tandem Repeat (STR) profiling and other proprietary techniques. They are proven to be free of mycoplasma and other contaminants, providing researchers with a wide variety of readily available, high quality products," Julie Russell , Head of the Culture Collections of Public Health England, the new United Kingdom organization that subsumed the activities of the UK's Health Protection Agency on 1 April 2013, said. "This agreement will enable scientists around the globe to more easily access the ECACC cell lines."
Sigma Life Science has exclusive global distribution rights for these products, excluding the United Kingdom, Australia and Japan. Sigma and the Public Health England will continue to jointly distribute ECACC cell lines in the UK.
"This agreement strengthens our long standing relationship with ECACC and provides the scientific community with broader access to essential life science research tools," said Josef Zihlmann , VP Product Management and R&D, Research Markets. "Using authenticated ECACC cell
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