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Kapa Biosystems Taps VWR as Distributor

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Kapa Biosystems said today that VWR International will distribute Kapa's reagents for PCR applications.

The agreement covers Kapa Biosystems’ products for PCR, fast PCR, long-range PCR, whole-blood PCR, crude-sample PCR, and single-protocol PCR, Woburn, Mass.-based Kapa said.

Kapa uses high-throughput molecular evolution to develop enzymes for DNA amplification, next-generation DNA sequencing, and molecular diagnostic applications.

The company's reagents “allow researchers to consolidate protocols, simplify workflows, save time, and achieve results not possible with reagents based on wild-type enzymes,” Kapa CEO Ron McEwan said in a statement.

Kapa said that VWR, a global laboratory supply and distribution company with worldwide sales of more than $3.7 billion in 2008, enables distribution to most of the top pharmaceutical and biotech companies, as well as industrial, educational, and governmental organizations.

Last week, VWR said it had struck an agreement with PerkinElmer’s OneSource business to develop a joint lab services offering.