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GEN News Highlights : Jul 23, 2012

EnviroLogix and Douglas Scientific Sign Nucleic Acid Analysis Agreement

EnviroLogix announced today that it has signed a collaborative agreement with Douglas Scientific to develop and optimize solutions for high-throughput real-time and endpoint nucleic acid analysis. The companies will leverage and build upon EnviroLogix’ isothermal DNAble® v2.0 chemistry and Douglas Scientific’s Array Tape™ platform.

“The substantial improvement in throughput with DNAble alone is significant, but when combined with the Douglas Scientific Array Tape solutions it becomes revolutionary,” said Dan Malmstrom, president and COO of Douglas Scientific. “By partnering with EnviroLogix, we can provide end-to-end qualitative and quantitative nucleic acid testing automation solutions that break the current paradigms of qPCR.”

DNAble is an isothermal nucleic acid amplification technology that can reportedly amplify both RNA and DNA targets with single-base resolution a billion-fold in 5–10 minutes at a single and constant temperature. Array Tape™ is a continuous polymer strip, serially embossed with reaction wells in customized volumes and formats. With miniaturized reaction wells, this solution allows 200 microplate equivalents (76,800 reaction wells) to be spooled onto a single, compact reel. It is an automated, adaptable microplate replacement for high-throughput screening, according to Douglas Scientific.

“We are delighted to be associated with a fast-paced, growing organization like Douglas Scientific, and believe that this will be a winning combination of chemistry and engineering,” said Bruce Ferguson, president and CEO of EnviroLogix. “PCR was once a fledgling technology and now is the gold standard. That is how we view DNAble. Combined with the power of Douglas Scientific’s automated high throughput equipment, DNAble brings a game-changing technological breakthrough in real-time quantitative molecular diagnostics.”