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Pacific Biosciences Inks Japan Distribution Deal

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Pacific Biosciences today said that it has inked an agreement with Tomy Digital Biology to distribute its DNA sequencing products in Japan.

The firm said that Tomy will is serving as the exclusive distributor of its Single Molecule Real Time sequencing platform and related products in Japan. It also noted that it has installed seven PacBio RS instruments in that country.

"It is very promising technology, and we believe interest will continue to grow in the Japanese bioscience community," Ken Tominaga, president of Tomy Digitial Biology, said in a statement.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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