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Korean Service Provider to Offer NGS on PacBio

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Pacific Biosciences has expanded its presence in Asia, inking a deal with Korean service provider DNA Link. The contract research service provider now has a PacBio RS installed and will offer sequencing services.

PacBio said that DNA Link will be the first commercial service provider for PacBio sequencing in Asia and its first installation in Korea.

Jong Lee, CEO of Seoul-based DNA Link, said in a statement that single-molecule sequencing will "open up a new era of sequencing applications."

PacBio's new Korean distributor, Molecular Diagnostics Korea, brokered the deal.

In November, PacBio inked an agreement with Hong Kong-based Gene Company to distribute, market, and sell the RS instrument and products in China and Hong Kong (IS 11/8/2011), and with Melbourne-based Millennium Science to distribute the system in Australia and New Zealand (IS 11/15/2011).

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