Just a half-year after its inception, Wafergen is well on its way to fulfilling its mission of combining in silico technology with in vitro biology.

The Fremont, Calif.-based biotech company, which was founded in early January by entrepreneurs Alnoor Shivji, Victor Joseph, and Amjad Huda, has already launched its first product, the SmartSlide system for conducting carefully regulated live-cell studies on a silicon chip-cum-microscope slide.

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