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ZyGem, TATAA Ink Distribution Deal

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – ZyGem today said it has entered into a non-exclusive distribution deal with Tataa Biocenter.

The deal is for the distribution of ZyGem's DNA and RNA extraction products in Sweden and other selected countries. Other details were not disclosed.

ZyGem's kits use a single-tube process to provide complete extraction of DNA and RNA from specific sample types. The firm said that the technology reduces time and cost of DNA and RNA extractions by simplifying laboratory workflow, minimizing error and the risk of contamination, ensuring sample integrity, and facilitating extractions from trace samples.

The Charlottesville, Va.-based company inked an original equipment deal with Saudi Diagnostics earlier this year for its DNA and RNA extraction kits.

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