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Lumera Signs 10,000-Spot Protein Array Development Deal with Harvard Medical School

NEW YORK, Jan. 9 (GenomeWeb News) - Lumera has entered into a collaborative agreement with HarvardMedicalSchool and the Harvard Institute of Proteomics to develop protein microarrays, the company said today.


Lumera and HMS will develop a silicon chip substrate that combines Lumera's NanoCapture technology with HMS's NAPPA (nucleic acid programmable protein array) technology to create high-density protein arrays with 10,000 spots.


The 10,000-spot array "is a very important step towards our ultimate goal of producing a whole-proteome biochip," said Joshua LaBaer, director of the Harvard Institute of Proteomics, in a statement.


According to Lumera, current protein arrays are limited to around 800 spots.


The NAPPA technology, first published in the July 2004 issue of Science, starts with a printed cDNA array and generates a self-assembled protein array using a cell-free expression mix to produce proteins from the printed genes.


HMS and Lumera will share rights to jointly developed intellectual property. 


Further financial details were not disclosed.