By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – WaferGen Biosystems said after the close of the market on Thursday that it has closed on its $7.2 million registered direct offering.

Net proceeds from the offering totaled about $6.7 million. The amount raised includes $1 million from Chairman and CEO Alnoor Shivji and about $500,000 in aggregate from four other board members.

Proceeds will be used for general working capital purposes and continued commercialization of its SmartChip Real-Time PCR System.

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