NEW YORK, May 4 – Proteome Systems of Sydney, Australia, and Sigma-Aldrich of St. Louis have entered a manufacturing and distribution collaboration, the companies said Friday.
Under the agreement, the two companies will co-develop reagents and other products for proteomics research, which Sigma-Aldrich will manufacture and distribute.
A Sigma-Aldrich spokesman said Proteome Systems would receive royalties on sales of products developed under the partnership and would also have the opportunity to receive a commission on products sold as part of its upcoming proteomics platform.
Sigma-Aldrich recently released the first product to result from this agreement, its ProteoPrep line of sample preparation kits. ProteoPrep consists of three kits and two stand-alone reagents for use in proteomic research as well as standard research applications.
A number of other products are currently under development as part of the partnership and Sigma-Aldrich expects them to be commercially available by June or July.
Keith Williams, CEO of Proteome Systems, said that the products that result from the Sigma-Aldrich partnership would form part of a fully integrated proteomics platform, ProteomIQ, which Proteome Systems expects to launch in the third quarter of 2001.
Sigma-Aldrich, Proteome Systems, and Shimadzu Biotech are members of The Proteomics Alliance, a group of companies collaborating on a systems approach to solving the complexities of the proteome .
Proteome Systems also has a partnership with Millipore to develop and market proteomics kits using Millipore’s sample preparation technology.