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NextGen Licenses Gene Library from Protagen to Enhance Protein Biochip Offering

NEW YORK, Jan. 13 (GenomeWeb News) - NextGen Sciences of Huntingdon, UK, said today that it has licensed Protagen's UNIclone gene library resource, and will combine it with its own expressionfactory protein expression platform with the goal of producing content for protein biochips. 


NextGen said it will use the UNIclone library of more than 11,000 unique human genes to produce large quantities of functional proteins for use with expressionfactory, which automates protein expression on a single platform, in parallel.


According to NextGen, access to gene libraries was previously "the protein production bottleneck" for its protein biochip platform.


Protagen, meanwhile, said it plans to use NextGen's expressionfactory as part of its protein research service business, which will allow researchers to purchase the proteins they require from an "off-the-shelf" list of genes.