NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - PerkinElmer will help expand neonatal screening in China, the company said today.
Under the terms of the five-year agreement, PerkinElmer will donate VICTOR multilabel plate readers for genetic testing. The Ministry of Health of the People's Republic of China will purchase the assay kits that will be used on the system.
The screening program will target seven of China's least economically developed provinces, including Hubei, Heilongjiang, Liaoning, Guangxi, Shanxi, Qinghai, and Guizhou.
This is the second neonatal screening program for PerkinElmer in China. In 1996 PerkinElmer donated five neonatal screening systems and ran a neonatal educational program in the country.
In addition to screening, the enhanced program will provide health education to physicians and lab staff at local screening centers.