NEW YORK, March 19 – Applied Precision of Issaquah, Wash., said Monday that Freiburg, Germany-based GeneScan Europe had been given the rights to exclusively distribute its ArrayWorx Microarray Scanner in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.

"GeneScan is a major player in applied molecular biology in Europe, which will provide invaluable assistance to us in expanding our market share in these countries," Joe Ahladis, vice president of sales, marketing, and customer service for Applied Precision, said in a statement.

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