WALTHAM, MA – PerkinElmer, Inc. (NYSE: PKI), a global leader focused on improving the health and safety of people and the environment, today announced that it has acquired chemagen Biopolymer-Technologie AG, a key player in the field of automated nucleic acid isolation, as part of the Company’s strategy to advance its offerings to the molecular diagnostics and research markets.
Daniel R. Marshak, PhD, chief scientific officer and president, Emerging Diagnostics, PerkinElmer, said, “The addition of chemagen's complementary products to PerkinElmer’s portfolio will provide the Company with robust platforms and solutions to meet the needs of the rapidly evolving molecular diagnostics market. The hardware and reagent capabilities brought by chemagen include a total solution in nucleic acid sample preparation, with automation-enabling features that can power high throughput applications in research, screening, and diagnostics.”
He added, “Nucleic acids are the building blocks of DNA and RNA, modulators of genetic function and information. Our ability to provide automated nucleic acid isolation technologies through this acquisition significantly facilitates applications such as large-scale pathogen detection in blood banking, human genetics applications such as HLA typing, autoimmune analysis and tissue rejection analysis. PerkinElmer has worked with chemagen for years to provide automated liquid-handling platforms with DNA preparation capabilities. chemagen is a natural fit with our business.”
chemagen AG, based in Baesweiler, Germany was founded in December 1997. The company's scientific foundations were laid at the RWTH Technical University of Aachen. In July 2009, chemagen founded a United States subsidiary.
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About chemagen AG
chemagen is a key player in the field of automated nucleic acid isolation. The purification of DNA, RNA, or viral DNA/RNA is facilitated through chemagen’s proprietary M-PVA Magnetic Bead technology. chemagen’s high performance instrument is the chemagic MSM I. It enables the automated separation of nucleic acids from sample volumes between 10 μl 10 ml. Kits are available for isolation and purification of nucleic acids from blood, serum/plasma, tissue, saliva, buccal swabs, amniotic fluid and feces. With the chemagic Prepito, chemagen offers a benchtop walk-away instrument relying upon the proven separation technology for up to 1000 μl sample material and 1 – 12 samples in parallel.
Outstanding robustness, minimal hands-on time and fast automated applications translate to the highest throughput and flexibility of laboratory workflows.
Find further information on www.chemagen.com
About PerkinElmer, Inc.
PerkinElmer, Inc. is a global leader focused on improving the health and safety of people and the environment. The Company reported revenue of approximately $1.7 billion in 2010, has about 6,200 employees serving customers in more than 150 countries, and is a component of the S&P 500 Index. Additional information is available through 1-877-PKI-NYSE, or at www.perkinelmer.com