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SciGene develops innovative automation solutions that alleviate the pain points of sample preparation workflows in cytogenetics laboratories. The Company works in concert with customers to uncover and eliminate tedious or error-prone processing steps that can affect the quality of results. Understanding problems at the lab bench before starting product development is key to developing immediately useful products that meet the requirements for complete customer satisfaction.

Founded in 2003, SciGene began working with technology leaders at Stanford University to develop a line of specialised microarray instruments, including the Little Dipper Processor, NoZone WS Workspace and Mai Tai Hybridisation System for processing Agilent microarrays. Nearly every leading clinical genomics laboratory in North America using Agilent microarrays also uses SciGene processing equipment.

Over time, the Company’s technical relationship with cytogenetics labs has uncovered unmet needs in processing traditional FISH and chromosome testing of cancer samples. Since 2010, the Company has focused its commercial activities on simplifying and automating benchwork in these two areas. SciGene has developed the Scorpion Slide Preparation Robot, Cell Density Normalizer, MicroFISH Assay System and Little Dipper Processor for FISH and G-Banding to work together with MicroFISH and CytoDrop Slides to provide a complete solution for automating the cytogenetics wet lab.

Additionally, they have developed the Hybex incubator, a compact, flexible, high precision PCR plate heating system with heated lid. It is specified by Illumina for sample preparation on all NGS platforms, as well as BlueGnome for BeadChip and 24Sure array applications.

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