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Japan s Wako to Market 20/20 GeneSystems P-FILM in Far East

NEW YORK, Feb. 4 - 20/20 GeneSystems' P-FILM system will be marketed in the Far East by Japanese lab and diagnostic chemical maker Wako Pure Chemical Industries, the companies said on Monday.


P-FILM system works by multiplexing a Western blot, transferring separated proteins through a stacked sheaf of up to 10 membranes. Each one may then be individually treated with antibodies, allowing parallel analysis from one gel.


20/20 GeneSystems, a privately held firm based in Rockville, Md., was launched in 2000 in order to commercialize the P-FILM electrophoresis gel system, which had been initially developed at the National Cancer Institute. This year, the company says it plans to introduce new electrophoresis analysis kits and a bioterrorism agent rapid assay.


Eastman Kodak markets the system outside the Far East. According to a company statement, five major pharmaceutical companies have bought P-FILM since it was introduced in December 2001.

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