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Digilab, CyBio to Collaborate on Automation Platform

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Digilab Genomic Solutions and German firm CyBio will collaborate on the manufacture and distribution of Digilab’s Hummingbird-Plus instrument, Digilab announced today.
Under the agreement, Houston-based Digilab will supply Hummingbird dispensing heads and cassettes in 92-well and 384-well formats to CyBio, which will manufacture the instrument. The Hummingbird instrument will integrate Digilab’s heads and cassettes with CyBio’s CyBi-Well automation platform.
Digilab will be responsible for distributing the Hummingbird-Plus instruments worldwide. The instrument is designed for ultra low-volume range applications, down to 25 nL, said Digilab.
In addition, Digilab will license intellectual property related to dispensing heads for use in connection with CyBio’s CyBi-Well vario instrument, and will manufacture and supply CyBio with capillary cassettes for that instrument.
The collaboration “takes full advantage of the complementary expertise of our two companies, resulting in more flexible tools and workflow solutions for principally the drug discovery and high-throughput screening markets,” Jennifer Wu, Digilab’s global product manager for genomics and liquid handling systems, said in a statement.
Financial terms of the alliance were not disclosed.

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