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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — WaferGen Biosystems said today that it has completed a private placement of common stock, Series 1 convertible preferred stock, and warrants to purchase shares of common stock to accredited investors, netting just over $15 million.

WaferGen said that it intends to use the net proceeds for general corporate and working capital purposes, including sales of its SmartChip TE for next-generation sequencing target enrichment and SmartChip MyDesign for high-throughput quantitative PCR.

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27
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Sponsored by
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