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GEN News Highlights : Jul 23, 2012

PacBio Banks on Nanoelectronics to Improve Single-Molecule Analysis

Pacific Biosciences and Belgium-based nanoelectronics research center imec inked a multiyear research collaboration focused on the development of advanced microchips for highly multiplexed single-molecule genetic analysis.

This research and development project will build on Pacific Biosciences’ zero-mode waveguide (ZMW) technology and imec’s expertise in nanophotonics, CMOS sensors, technology integration, and fabrication.

“From our inception we have been committed to exploiting the potential of the unique capabilities of our ZMW-based Single-Molecule, Real-Time (SMRT®) analysis technology to drive innovation in the life sciences,” said Michael Hunkapiller, president and CEO of Pacific Biosciences.

“The goal of this collaboration is to harness the power of microchips to scale the capacity and throughput of our SMRT technology. We look forward to working with imec on this advanced development program as we continue to expand the application space for our platform.”