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Virtek to Supply Chip Spotter, Scanner to UCLA, MIT

NEW YORK, June 22 - Virtek Vision International of Waterloo, Ontario, said Friday it would provide its ChipWriter Pro microarray spotter and ChipReader scanner to the chemical engineering departments at the University of California, Los Angeles and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Both the Virtek ChipWriter and ChipReader will be used as training tools in a UCLA lecture and laboratory workshop starting this fall.

At MIT, graduate students will use the Virtek ChipWriter and ChipReader for their work with recombinant protein production. 

The company did not disclose the size of the deal.

Virtek’s suite of microarray instrumentation includes the ChipWriter Pro high-throughput spotting system, the ChipWriter Colony Arraying and Picking System, and the ChipReader high-sensitivity scanner for rapid imaging of microarrays.

Recently, Virtek said its Virtek ChipWriter and Virtek ChipReader had been selected for a six-month trial to apply its technology for a neonatal screening application.

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