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Trinean Inks Deal for Bayer CropScience's Molecular Breeding Program

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Trinean will supply to Bayer CropScience its DropSense96, Xpose droplet readers, and cDrop spectral analysis software under a long-term agreement announced today.

Bayer CropScience will use the technologies for "high-throughput quantification and quality control of isolated biomolecules to assure robust outcome of genetic tests in its molecular breeding program," Trinean said. Its Xpose instrument is for biomolecule quantification, while its DropSense96 instrument offers dye-free quantification of DNA, RNA, or protein samples.

Financial and other terms were not disclosed.

According to Trinean, accurately quantifying nucleic acid extracts from plant tissue challenges all plant genetic labs. Variants in genome size, as well as the presence of co-purified buffer components or plant metabolites affect quantification results and downstream genetic tests.

Its technology, the company said, performs an in-depth sample content analysis "by profiling the measured UV/VIS absorbance spectrum for both the biomolecule of interest and interfering chemicals," allowing specific concentration determination "and genuine purity analysis within a simple drop and read approach."

Based in Ghent, Belgium, Trinean was spun out of Ghent University and Imec Leuven in 2006.