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N EW YORK, Jan 25 – In a combined effort to target microarrays users, Protogene Laboratories and Silicon Genetics have agreed to co-market Protogene's custom DNA microarrays and Silicon Genetics' GeneSpring microarray expression analysis software, the companies announced Thursday.
“We make complementary products—we both target the same customers,” said Peter Christey, vice president for business development at Protogene. The agreement paves the way for Protogene to make their chips compatible with GeneSpring, Christey added. “If [customers] buy Protogene chips they’ll be able to use Silicon Genetics software.”
Protogene’s microarray relies on in situ synthesis of oligonucleotides, inkjet printing, and its patented surface tension array technology. Oligonucleotide technology generates superior data compared to cDNA arrays, because oligonucleotides are prepared base by base, allowing greater specificity and control over the experiment, Christey said.
GeneSpring allows users to analyze both single genes and whole genomes using multiple parameters.
Protogene customers will benefit by having direct access to a mature, high-quality, desktop tool for analyzing their Protogene array data,” John Pietrzyk, Silicon Genetics' vice president for business development said in a statement.In another agreement announced on Tuesday, Gene Logic announced that it would bundle GeneSpring along with its GeneExpress database suite.