NewGene Ltd. Achieves Certification to Provide NimbleGen Sequence Capture Services in UK

(PresseBox) (Penzberg, ) Roche NimbleGen (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) announces that Newcastle-based genomic services provider NewGene Ltd. has officially become a Certified Service Provider (CSP) for NimbleGen Sequence Capture. They will provide services for NimbleGen Sequence Capture Arrays with sequencing on the Genome Sequencer FLX System from 454 Life Sciences, a Roche Company. NewGene Ltd. has passed a comprehensive certification test plan to officially become a member of the Roche NimbleGen Certified Service Provider network. They will process customer gDNA samples for genomic enrichment, using the complete NimbleGen Sequence Capture Array workflow optimized for 454 GS FLX Titanium Series sequencing.

"NewGene is very excited to be entering into this collaboration with Roche NimbleGen as its UK-based certified service provider. The ability to couple NimbleGen Sequence Capture technology with our next generation sequencing capabilities will provide significant scientific, technical and economic benefits to our UK customers" said David Huntley, CEO at NewGene Ltd.

"Roche NimbleGen welcomes NewGene Ltd. as our first certified service provider in the United Kingdom. NewGene's highly skilled professionals and use of the latest next generation sequencing technologies, including our Sequence Capture arrays, will make this powerful technique widely available to researchers throughout the UK " said Dr. Frank Pitzer, CEO of Roche NimbleGen, Inc.

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About NewGene

Based in Newcastle upon Tyne, NewGene is a partnership between the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Newcastle University. NewGene is a molecular diagnostics and research services company that is pioneering the use of next generation sequencing (454 Life Sciences, a Roche Company) and genotyping technologies to develop and deliver clinical diagnostic assays with the aim of reducing both costs and delivery times and in turn widening the access to important future clinical diagnostics. In addition, NewGene has significant expertise in DNA sequencing of a range of organisms on the GS FLX System for researchers including target enrichment using NimbleGen Sequence Capture.

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