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Genetic MicroSystems' Microarray Analysis Is Distributed in Japan

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WOBURN, Mass.--Takara Shuzo, an alcoholic beverage manufacturer with an expanding biomedical group headquartered in Kyoto, Japan, signed a letter of intent with Genetic MicroSystems here to jointly commercialize products based on DNA microarray technology. The arrangement would give Genetic Microsystems a strong distribution partner for early access to Japanese and Asian markets, as well as financing to support continued product development activities. Takara would have exclusive rights to distribute Genetic MicroSystems DNA microarray products in Japan, China, Taiwan, and Korea. Takara would also obtain exclusive rights to use the GMS technology platform to manufacture DNA chips, and to provide array-making and reading services in these countries.

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