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WaferGen and Leading Academic Medical Center Establish Genotyping Research Collaboration to Validate SNPs in Breast Cancer Using SmartChip(TM) Real-Time PCR System
Date:4/28/2009

FREMONT, Calif., April 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WaferGen Biosystems, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: WGBS), a leading developer of state-of-the-art genetic analysis systems, today announced the signing of a research collaboration with Duke University Medical Center scientists for WaferGen's SmartChip(TM) Real-Time PCR System. Under terms of the collaboration, the laboratory of Drs. John A. Olson, Jr., M.D., Ph.D. and Jeffrey R. Marks, Ph.D. in the Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy at Duke University Medical Center will conduct novel genotyping research projects using the SmartChip Real-Time PCR System in order to validate single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that are related to breast cancer. Additionally, researchers will aim to examine the impact the validated SNPs have on patients' disease prognosis and response to treatment. While this is the fourth SmartChip research collaboration that WaferGen has entered into with leading U.S. researchers, it is the first to leverage the platform's unique genotyping capabilities for SNP validation.

WaferGen believes that the research conducted as part of this collaboration may lead to the discovery of the relative importance of specific SNPs associated with breast cancer. In turn, this critical genetic information may ultimately provide physicians with new tools for determining appropriate treatments for breast cancer, while also assisting biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies in developing novel targeted therapeutics.

"The SmartChip platform's revolutionary nature and significant range of capabilities have enabled WaferGen to establish high-value collaborations with a number of the country's most prestigious research institutions," stated Alnoor Shivji, WaferGen's chairman and chief executive officer. "We are pleased to add Dr. Olson's group at Duke University Medical Center to our growing list of top-tier collaborators and are very excit
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