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Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding to collaborate in microchip-based DNA program


Dublin, CA – Microchip Biotechnologies (MBI) says that the Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding (CCDB), at the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, University of Guelph, will be the first participant to join MBI’s early access program for the Apollo 100 STAR system. The Apollo 100 STAR is the first fully automated and integrated system for DNA sample preparation for sequencing. The system incorporates MBI’s microscale-on-chip-valve technology licensed from the University of California.

The system automatically performs DNA cycle sequencing and bead-based cleanup on microchips which significantly reduces labour, costly reagent consumption, and potential errors in sample processing.

“We are delighted that the Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding has agreed to collaborate in our Apollo 100 STAR early access program. Their commitment to this program validates MBI’s overall strategic goal to develop and market front-end sample preparation systems for life science and diagnostic solutions,” said Dr Stevan Jovanovich, president and CEO of MBI.

“We are excited about the prospects of using Apollo 100 STAR in our facility. MBI is focused on developing technologies that will significantly aid in DNA barcoding systems. CCDB is committed to adopt such advanced technologies and to aid in technology development particularly in partnership with the commercial sector,” said Dr Mehrdad Hajibabaei, associate director of CCDB.