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WaferGen Inks Supply Deal With Reprogenetics

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – WaferGen Bio-systems today announced an agreement to supply its Apollo 324 next-generation sequencing sample preparation system to reproductive health testing services firm Reprogenetics.

The Apollo 324 will allow automated NGS library preparation for pre-implantation genetic screening used in in vitro fertilization (IVF). Reprogenetics is the largest laboratory in the US specializing in reproductive genetic testing, WaferGen said in a statement.

Financial and other terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

"The Apollo 324 NGS sample preparation system will enable improved workflow and will create additional resources for Reprogenetics' transition of their PGS services to NGS," WaferGen CEO Rollie Carlson said in a statement.

Earlier this month, Reprogenetics and Illumina agreed to collaborate on NGS-based IVF technologies. WaferGen said the Apollo 324 system works with all major NGS platforms.

Wafergen acquired the library preparation technology in January 2014 from IntegenX. In the second quarter of fiscal year 2015, the firm reported that Apollo revenues accounted for 51 percent of all product revenues, or approximately $765,000.

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