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ZyGEM Corp. Signs Agreement to Incorporate Its Breakthrough DNA Extraction Technology Into Rubicon's Research and Diagnostic Products
Date:5/28/2009

n products is the most recent in a series of ZyGEM collaborations for our versatile technology, and we look forward to a productive and expanding relationship with Rubicon, an emerging leader in pre-analytical amplification of clinical samples."

Rubicon will soon launch its PicoPlex(TM) kits, which integrate ZyGEM's proprietary DNA extraction technology into a novel method to amplify single genomes with unsurpassed accuracy and reproducibility. This product targets the pre-implantation genetic diagnostics and cancer diagnostics markets, which require rapid, reproducible amplification to profile patient genotypes, karyotypes and mutations. PicoPlex enables reference labs to begin qPCR, microarray or sequencing analysis less than three hours after collecting patient cells. PicoPlex is designed to be faster, more accurate and more reproducible than other methods for single cell DNA amplification.

"We believe that the growing customer base for our pre-analytical solutions for DNA and RNA analysis will benefit from access to the unique nucleic acid extraction technology developed by ZyGEM," said James Koziarz, acting president and CEO of Rubicon. "We have greatly improved the clinical performance of whole genome amplification by incorporating ZyGEM technology and other proprietary reagents into our kits, which have been shown to increase the sensitivity, specificity and robustness of most research and diagnostic analytical platforms."

Further terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Separately, ZyGEM announced that the United States Patent Office has issued an allowance for its patent application covering the unique thermophilic enzymes that are the core component of the company's nucleic acid extraction technology, which is currently marketed in prepGEM(TM), forensicGEM(TM) and livestockGEM(TM) kits, and also through private label agreements with a growing number of partners a
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