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IntegenX Inks Middle East Distribution Deal

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – IntegenX today said that it has signed an agreement with Scientific Analytical Tools Trading to distribute the firm's rapid DNA identification system in the Middle East.

Under the agreement, SAT will conduct sales, marketing, and service for IntegenX's RapidHIT 200 Human Identification System in the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. Financial and other terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The RapidHIT 200 is a sample-to-profile biometric system for real-time human DNA analysis. Pleasonton, Calif.-based IntegenX has said that it is the first fully automated DNA identification technology that can produce DNA profiles from buccal swabs or other human samples in less than 90 minutes, compared to days or weeks for traditional methods. It added that the system has already been deployed in the US, Europe, and the Middle East.

"We have had tremendous interest from the international community, are actively working with local agencies to further expand the use of Rapid DNA, and are pleased that SAT will be representing us in the [Gulf Cooperation Council] countries," IntegenX President and CEO Stevan Jovanovich said in a statement.

SAT is based in the United Arab Emirates and is a supplier of analytical lab instruments with a particular focus on the forensics market.

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