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WaferGen Biosystems, ImmuneRegen BioSciences and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center to Collaborate on Novel Wound Healing Research
Date:3/24/2009

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"The opportunity to involve our SmartChip Real-Time PCR System in the development of a promising therapeutic agent such as Homspera is a significant achievement for WaferGen and one that we believe will provide immensely valuable validation for the SmartChip platform," stated Alnoor Shivji, WaferGen's chairman and chief executive officer. "We expect this collaboration to provide a clear demonstration of the value that the SmartChip system can offer in the area of drug discovery and development, particularly as it pertains to harnessing the potential of biomarkers."

"We are very excited to be able to incorporate the WaferGen SmartChip technology into our studies at UT Southwestern," said Hal Siegel, Ph.D., ImmuneRegen Chief Scientific Officer. "The reality is that many physiological processes consist of a dynamic interplay among many biochemical factors. Unfortunately, many analytical tools provide a static snapshot and can thus be misleading. The ability to rapidly analyze hundreds of samples taken over the course of the healing response promises to provide us with unique insights into the healing process and the role our developmental candidate plays in enhancing the rate at which wounds heal."

"This collaboration places UT Southwestern in the enviable position of evaluating the potential of two cutting-edge scientific assets in a single study," stated Spencer Brown, Ph.D., Director of Research, Nancy Lee and Perry Bass Advanced Wound Healing Laboratory in the Department of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern. "We are excited to work with Homspera and the SmartChip system, as we believe both possess the potential to play a key role in the development of innovative therapeutics in the area of wound healing."

In January 2009, WaferGen and UT Southwestern established a separate collaboration under which UT Southwestern is conducting novel research projects using
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