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Sequenom Launches Certified Service Program for MassArray

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Sequenom today said that it has launched a certified service program for its MassArray System and has named the first laboratory participants.

The San Diego-based firm said that certifications have been awarded to McGill University and Genome Quebec Innovation Centre in Montreal; Knight Diagnostic Laboratories at Oregon Health & Science University; GeneWorks in Adelaide, Australia; The Clinical Genomics Centre in Toronto; Karolinska University Hospital in Sweden; NewGene in Newcastle, UK; DNA LandMarks, which is a plant and animal genomics subsidiary of BASF and is based in Quebec; and several unnamed labs based in Asia.

Participants in the CSP are certified for offering research services on the MassArray System, a MALDI-TOF-based mass spectrometry system for a variety of genomic analysis applications.

The Scan

Booster Push

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