NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — WaferGen Biosystems has opened a new subsidiary in Malaysia that will support development and commercialization of the company’s SmartChip Real-Time PCR System.
The new facility, located in the Kulim Hi-Tech Park in Kedah, initially will focus on research and development of gene panel assays that will be used in the SmartChip system.
WaferGen also said it expects the new subsidiary will work with the Malaysian Industrial Development Authority and the Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation, and it plans to start research collaborations with local universities and with the Malaysia Genome Research Center. The company said the goal of these research collaborations will be to expand the applications for which the SmartChip system can be used.
In addition, WaferGen said it has signed up Penang, Malaysia-based Pentamaster Corporation Berhad to manufacture the SmartChip system.