World-Renowned Stem Cell Researcher is First to Adopt Latest SmartSlide
FREMONT, Calif., March 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WaferGen Biosystems, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: WGBS), a leading developer of state-of-the-art gene expression, genotyping, cell biology and stem cell research systems, today announced that it has launched the SmartSlide 200 Micro-Incubation System, the latest offering in its SmartSlide product line. The SmartSlide 200 Micro-Incubation System builds upon WaferGen's existing SmartSlide products by offering researchers programmable perfusion of multiple nutrients and gases (oxygen, carbon dioxide and nitrogen) for the first time. The ability to precisely control and vary these parameters helps researchers closely mimic physiological growth conditions, allowing them to create anoxia and hypoxia conditions which are critical for growth and differentiation of stem cells.
"We are very excited to launch our SmartSlide 200 Micro-Incubation System as it provides critical functionality innovations to researchers, particularly those in the stem cell arena," said Alnoor Shivji, WaferGen's chairman and chief executive officer. "By adding programmable nutrient and gas perfusion to our SmartSlide platform we are allowing customers to create optimal research and cell growth conditions that more closely mimic those in nature than other available technologies. In doing so, we believe that this new product establishes a new standard for growing and differentiating stem cells."
In connection with the launch of the SmartSlide 200, WaferGen announced that Paul Simmons, Ph.D., director of the Centre for Stem Cell Research at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and a leading authority in the area of stem cells, is the first customer to adopt the product. Dr. Simmons and his research team intend to use the SmartSlide 200 Micro-Incubation System to provide critical insight into the cellular interactions that regulate stem cell properties. The platform will support research projects designed to fundamentally understand stem cells and translate their unique biological properties into novel potential solutions for a variety of medical and therapeutic purposes, including cultivating mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), improving the safety of cord blood transplantations, and assisting in the repair of skeletal defects.
WaferGen's SmartSlide Micro-Incubation platform is a first-of-its-kind family of integrated fluidics exchange micro-incubation products that work seamlessly with inverted microscopes. This breakthrough technology is enabling stem cell and cell biology researchers to conduct complex time lapse imaging studies to characterize, differentiate and proliferate cells, as well as grow stem, primary and other difficult to cultivate cells in consistently optimal physiological conditions. These innovative capabilities will allow researchers to pursue cutting-edge research topics that are not addressable with existing technology.
"We are very pleased with Dr. Simmons' selection of the SmartSlide Micro-Incubation System as a supporting instrument in his pioneering stem cell research efforts and we look forward to a long and productive relationship with him and his laboratory," said Mr. Shivji.
Dr. Simmons is an international authority on stem cells and is the immediate past president of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR). He is a much sought-after speaker on the topic of stem cells, having accepted invitations to present at a wide variety of scientific conferences both internationally and within the United States.
About the SmartSlide(TM) Micro-Incubation System
WaferGen has developed and is currently marketing the SmartSlide Micro-Incubation System, a first-of-its-kind family of integrated fluidics exchange micro-incubation products that work seamlessly with inverted microscopes. This breakthrough technology is enabling cell biology and stem cell researchers to conduct complex time lapse imaging studies to characterize, differentiate and proliferate cells, as well as grow stem, primary and other difficult to cultivate cells in consistently optimal physiological conditions. These innovative capabilities will allow researchers to pursue cutting-edge research topics that are not addressable with existing technology.
The core element of the SmartSlide Micro-Incubation System is the compact, sterile and disposable SmartSlide-6 Micro-Incubator which is designed to maintain cells at specific physiological conditions for prolonged cell or tissue imaging. The SmartSlide-6 Micro-Incubator allows for programmable fluidics exchanging, enabling the delivery of up to six nutrient media and gas into each of its six individual wells in both intermittent and continuous perfusion modes.
WaferGen has developed a family of SmartSlide Micro-Incubation System products built upon the SmartSlide-6 Micro-Incubator that offers cell biology and stem cell researchers varying levels of control over specific environmental conditions such as nutrient flow, temperature, humidity, gas and pH. Each of these SmartSlide Micro-Incubation System products incorporates easy-to-use graphical interface software that allows for complete walk-away automation. The SmartSlide Micro-Incubation System family of products consists of four currently marketed products: SmartSlide 50 Micro-Incubation System(TM), SmartSlide 100 Micro-Incubation System(TM), SmartSlide 150 Micro-Incubation System(TM), and SmartSlide 200 Micro-Incubation System(TM).
Since the launch of its SmartSlide Micro-Incubation System in late 2006, WaferGen has seen a positive response from many leading research institutions and organizations. The company's current SmartSlide(TM) Micro-Incubation System customers include Harvard University, Mayo Clinic, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Abbott Labs, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and several leading pharmaceutical companies.
WaferGen Biosystems Inc. is a leader in the development, manufacture and sale of state-of-the-art systems for gene expression, genotyping, cell biology and stem cell research for the life science and pharmaceutical industries. The company is actively developing its SmartChip(TM) product for the gene expression and genotyping markets. SmartChip(TM) is being developed as the first whole genome, high throughput gene expression real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) platform and promises to deliver significant speed and cost advantages to researchers in the gene expression and genotyping markets. WaferGen currently markets its SmartSlide(TM) family of products to companies and organizations involved in stem cell and cell biology research. SmartSlide(TM), which was launched in 2006, represents the first fluidics integrated micro-incubators enabling cell biology and stem cell research. Representative SmartSlide(TM) customers include Harvard University, Mayo Clinic, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Abbott Labs, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
To learn more about WaferGen, please visit the company's web site at http://www.wafergen.com.
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