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Agilent, PerkinElmer, STMicroelectronics, Media Cybernetics, Roche Applied Science, Blizzard Genomics, Diffraction Ltd., BioGenex, GeneMaster Lifesciences


Some 30 companies exhibiting at the Chips to Hits conference in Philadelphia last week displayed new product logos in the show directory and about half of them used the annual conference to introduce new products into the market. Following are some of the new products introduced at the show:

Agilent introduced three 60-mer catalog oligo microarrays with kits for human, yeast, and mouse. The glass-slide formatted products have been available to Agilent’s custom microarray program customers for over a year.

PerkinElmer rolled out a microarray laboratory informatics package designed to automate integrated data management from spotters, scanners, and gene expression data analysis.

STMicroelectronics introduced a prototype silicon chip for DNA analysis that integrates DNA amplification and detection on the same product. The devices is based on MEMS technology and is targeted at medical diagnostics.

Media Cybernetics of Silver Spring, Md., introduced Array-Pro Analyzer v4.5 microarray analysis software with image analysis tools.

Roche Applied Science rolled out a custom oligo chip service based on multiplex in-situ synthesis with 72-hour turnaround time.

Blizzard Genomics of St. Paul, Minn., introduced its toaster-sized I-Scan Imager, to be available in the first quarter of 2003.

Diffraction Ltd., a microfabrictor located in Waitsfield, Vt., introduced a unique gold-plated plastic microtiter plate.

BioGenex introduced GenoMx Vision, a tissue microarray product targeting the drug discovery market. Xeotron of Houston rolled out Custom XeoChips, a long-oligo (45 mer) microfluidic bioarray that allows the user to work with less than 10 microliters of biological samples and wash solutions.

GeneMaster Lifesciences of Taipei introduced its MasterChip, a microarray with a nylon-membrane substrate and colorimetric detection that requires no confocal scanner, just a common desktop scanner.

The Scan

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