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Invitrogen to Distribute Sequenom's MassArray in South, Central America

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Sequenom announced yesterday that Invitrogen will be the exclusive distributor of its MassArray systems and consumable products in South and Central America.

“Among our top priorities is expanding our geographic reach and this agreement provides us with an entrée into Central and South America, regions where we see a substantial opportunity but have had little exposure,” Michael Monko, SVP of sales and marketing for Sequenom, said in a statement.

San Diego-based Sequenom also announced that it had made the first sale of a MassArray system in South America to a sugarcane consortium that will use the platform for biofuel research.

Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.

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