WaferGen Biosystems said this week that it has initiated a new "open format" strategy that will facilitate custom assay development for customers on its SmartChip real-time PCR system.

In addition, WaferGen said that it has established a relationship with Integrated DNA Technologies to provide that company's PrimeTime qPCR Primers for SYBR-based gene expression assays.

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