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Genetix and Pall Collaborate on Microarray Printing and Detection

NEW YORK, Feb 26 - Genetix has collaborated with Pall, a sample purification and separation company, to develop specialized membranes for microarray printing and detection, the companies said Monday.

Genetix, a Hampshire, UK-based maker of microarray instrumentation, will incorporate the membrane into the robotics that handles proteins and DNA for microarray printing and analysis.

"What the new membrane product does is to separate with significant sensitivity and greater use of handling protein, DNA and whatever else," said Diane Foster, a spokeswoman for Pall. The membrane is a woven material with a higher capacity for separation than a gel, Foster noted.

"Applying membrane technology that offers the benefits of ease-of-use with improved sensitivity in detection to automated bioinformatics is critical to success in biotechnology research and discovery," Genetix CEO Mark Reid said in a statement. "Our alliance with Pall, the leading company in the development and manufacture of novel membranes, provides us with enormous opportunity to help us drive forward in this market."

The companies did not disclose the financial terms of the agreement.

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