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Luminex Donates Company's First MAGPIX Multiplexing System to Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research
Date:8/17/2010

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Luminex Corporation (Nasdaq: LMNX), the worldwide leader in multiplexed solutions, today announced it has donated the first commercial unit of its newly launched MAGPIX® instrument to Professor Peter Siba and his scientific team at the Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research. The instrument will be used onsite in Papua New Guinea to progress malaria research led by Dr. Peter Zimmerman, Professor of International Health, Genetics and Biology at the Center for Global Health and Diseases at Case Western Reserve University. Malaria has long been a leading cause of death in Papua New Guinea and is a significant public health challenge in the nation.  

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"The clinicians and researchers at the Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research have struggled for many years to build an infrastructure to effectively combat malaria," said Dr. Zimmerman. "The MAGPIX system will help us to establish a better infrastructure across the rural nation and advance malaria research more quickly. It offers many efficiencies in a lab, and because the instrument is small and easy to transport and set up, we will be able to take it to even very remote locations where we need to conduct research."

Luminex created the MAGPIX system with facilities such as the Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research in mind. The instrument is compact – comparable in size to a desktop computer – and weighs less than 40 lbs. or 18 kg.  It is easy to install out of the box and can be deployed anywhere in the world.  

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