SOURCE: Geneart AG

November 26, 2008 01:00 ET

GENEART receives major contract from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

REGENSBURG, GERMANY--(Marketwire - November 26, 2008) -

- The  Wellcome Trust  Sanger Institute  awards a  major contract  on
synthesizing up to 600 genes over the next 10 months to GENEART
- The supplied  genes will  be used in  the research  program of  the
Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
- The research program's goal  is to identify mechanisms involved  in
defined genetic and infectious diseases

Regensburg, November 26, 2008 - GENEART AG, world market leader for gene synthesis and specialist in Synthetic Biology, announces the closing of a major contract with the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK. GENEART will synthesize up to 600 tailor-made genes for the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute's research program under this contract. The genes will be used to identify mechanisms involved in defined genetic and infectious disease. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

"We are very pleased that GENEART was selected for this project by the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute during a tendering process. This emphasizes yet again our leading position in the market for gene synthesis. Worldwide largest capacities and our broad service portfolio allow us to meet specific customer requirements, even for large-scale contracts, in the shortest periods of time", stated Prof. Dr. Ralf Wagner, CEO of GENEART AG.

The program of research at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute uses large-scale technologies to understand the role of genes in health and disease and create lasting resources for biomedical research. By developing high throughput technologies to detect networks of extracellular protein interactions, the institute has identified new signaling pathways important for vertebrate development. The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute is now expanding the program of research to identify novel human extracellular receptor-ligand interactions involved in genetic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and also infectious diseases. This program of research will involve screening for interactions within protein libraries that constitute the cell surface receptor repertoire of differentiated human blood cells, and also some pathogens. The protein libraries will also be used to determine the functional consequences of the identified interactions in cell-based assays.

For further inquiries, please contact:

Bernd Merkl
Josef-Engert-Str. 11
93053 Regensburg
Phone: +49-(0)941-942 76-638
Fax: +49-(0)941-942 76-711

Frank Ostermair
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Haidelweg 48
81241 Munich
Phone: +49-(0)89-8896906-10
Fax: +49-(0)89-8896906-66

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In 2000, GENEART entered the gene synthesis market and has since become the global market leader. Today, the company is one of the leading specialists in the Synthetic Biology field. Experts at GENEART provide key technologies for the development and production of new therapeutics and vaccines. Customers also take advantage of GENEART services to customize enzyme attributes, such as the attributes of enzymes used as detergent additives, and to construct bacteria, which produce complex biopolymers or break down polymers, such as synthetics, petroleum components, etc. Our production and service spectrum spans a wide range, from the production of synthetic genes according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2000, to the creation of gene libraries in the combinatorial biology, to the development and production of DNA-based biologically active substances. GENEART AG in Regensburg (Germany) and the subsidiaries GENEART Inc. in Toronto (Canada) and GENEART Inc. in San Francisco (USA) employ more than 190 people. GENEART is listed on the German Stock Exchange.

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