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Life Technologies and OpGen Sign Collaborative Agreement to Leverage Ion Torrent and Whole Genome Mapping Technologies
Date:5/30/2012

CARLSBAD, Calif. and GAITHERSBURG, Md., May 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Life Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: LIFE) and OpGen, Inc., a commercial stage whole genome analysis company, today announced that they have signed a collaboration agreement to develop systems, technologies and applications intended to improve the management and surveillance of microbial outbreaks in the public health and infectious disease markets.

"Life Technologies is the ideal partner to demonstrate the value of next-generation sequencing in the public health and hospital laboratory," said Douglas White, chief executive officer of OpGen. "OpGen's Whole Genome Mapping technologies in conjunction with the Ion Torrent system will provide a valuable new approach that will provide public health and clinical laboratories access to cutting-edge technologies for microbial analysis and outbreak management."

The rise in disease outbreaks due to food borne illnesses and hospital-acquired infections poses an ongoing threat. Public health officials and healthcare organizations need access to improved first responder technologies to rapidly identify disease causing agents in order to effectively control and contain outbreaks.

The Life Technologies-OpGen collaboration will focus on developing applications and analysis systems that enable the use of the companies' Whole Genome Mapping and Ion Torrent sequencing technologies for food outbreak and infectious disease analysis.  OpGen's Whole Genome Mapping technology provides a rapid, comprehensive structural analysis of microbial genomes that, when combined with sequencing data, more accurately detects important novel genetic elements associated with toxicity, virulence and drug resistance.  As part of the collaboration, Life Technologies will also join the
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