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Caliper, Sony Partner on Microfluidics Consumables

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Caliper Life Sciences today announced a collaboration with Sony DADC Austria to co-develop and manufacture plastic consumables for Caliper's next-generation microfluidics products.

The collaboration brings together Sony's Blue-ray Disc manufacturing technology and manufacturing capacity with Caliper's microfluidics expertise and patent portfolio. Caliper said that the two companies have co-developed consumables for Caliper's LabChip XT system, an automated nucleic acid fractionation instrument for next-generation sequencing applications.

The plastic chips manufactured by Sony allow Caliper to offer cost-effective and disposable consumables that eliminate the potential for cross-contamination, the Hopkinton, Mass.-based firm said.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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