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DNAStar Inks Japanese Distribution Deal

CHICAGO (GenomeWeb) – Sequencing analysis software developer DNAStar announced today it has a new distributor in Japan, a startup headed by a longtime customer.

Madison, Wisconsin-based DNAStar said that newly formed Ships Bioscience has become the nonexclusive but currently sole Japanese distributor for DNAStar's Lasergene software suite. Lasergene conducts analysis of DNA, RNA, and protein sequencing, including next-generation sequencing.

Ships Bioscience is run by Shinji Shamada, who has worked with DNAStar for more than a decade. According to a DNAStar spokesperson, Shamada was the primary liason between DNAStar and former Japanese distributor Netstar Corp.

"As such, he has great familiarity with our software and the market, and he and his team will transition quickly into a successful distribution role for DNAStar in Japan," the spokesman said via email.

"Japan represents a strong and rapidly growing molecular biology and structural biology market. That makes the timing of this arrangement ideal," Shamada said in a statement. "DNAStar's 30 years of expertise, extensive knowledge, and high-quality software are a great foundation on which to build our business and we look forward to helping Japanese customers meet their sequence analysis needs exceptionally well, using DNAStar software products."