SOURCE: Franek Technologies, Inc.

April 30, 2007 08:00 ET

MultiGEN Diagnostics Installs Franek Technologies' Laboratory Power Protection System After Power Interruption Damages DNA Sequencer

First-Ever Single-Test, Multi-Target DNA Analysis Laboratory Will Open With Franek Technologies' Power Protection System in Place to Ensure Reliable, Affordable, Same-Day Reporting

TUSTIN, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 30, 2007 -- MultiGEN Diagnostics will soon open its first high-throughput, high-volume DNA sequencing laboratory with sophisticated automation able to process more than 1,000 samples a day. All of the certification runs are being put in place and anticipation is high because the laboratory is consistently able to process multiple DNA sequences simultaneously on its Applied Biosystems (ABI) 3130 Genetic Analyzer. Soon physicians and government agencies will be able to rely on MultiGEN to identify multiple pathogens and identify markers for hereditary diseases, all within 8 hours.

With state-of-the-art equipment, it was a simple 1-minute power outage that brought all test runs to a halt and left the laboratory inoperable for an entire month. This single glitch reinforces the importance of a stable infrastructure prior to the official opening of the laboratory. With this episode it became clear that all laboratory instruments, regardless of the manufacturer, are highly sensitive to power spikes and outages. In addressing the power challenge, Dr. T. Vinayagamoorthy, MultiGEN's Chief Scientific Officer, was referred by ABI to Franek Technologies, Inc., the leader in certified Category III-3 Laboratory Battery Backup Power Protection Systems (LPS/UPS), for the solution.

After a call with an engineering expert at Franek Technologies, a certified category III-3 power protection and back-up system, specifically calibrated and engineered for the exact ABI Genetic Analyzer in the laboratory, was on its way to MultiGEN. The laboratory was now back on track for certification and Dr. Vinayagamoorthy could now focus his attention on preparing the laboratory to open for business, confident that power variances would no longer be an issue.

"I've seen first-hand what can happen in a laboratory that does not have the level of power protection offered by the Franek Technologies units," said Dr. Vinayagamoorthy. "I was extremely impressed with the quick response and high level of applications engineering expertise that Franek Technologies brought to the solution. With the level of throughput and the critical nature of the samples being processed, we intend to ensure that our instrumentation is operating at peak performance 24/7. The laboratory cannot afford any downtime or damage caused by substandard, unconditioned power. The secondary investment in Franek Technologies power protection solutions is not a luxury, it is a necessity."

"We hear this kind of story time and again," said Raymond L. Hecker, VP/General Manager of Franek Technologies, Inc. "Laboratory equipment has such tight power input and utilization tolerances that only a high level of conditioned power protection and back-up can ensure that instruments are not damaged, test runs are not interrupted, and precious results are not lost. The downtime and repair costs of failing to install such systems substantially exceed the cost of a Franek Technologies Certified Category III-3 Power Protection System. Our uninterruptible battery backup power sources (LPS/UPS) are currently protecting over $3 billion in laboratory assets worldwide. We offer precisely configured LPS/UPS products for over 1,500 instruments made by more than 100 manufacturers. In the highly unlikely case that a customer calls for a solution that we don't have it, we will design one at no additional charge and ship it as soon as possible. Capitalizing on our over 30 years of industry experience, we are the absolute best choice for laboratory power protection solutions."

Franek Technologies, Inc. specializes in providing Laboratory Productivity/Protection Systems (LPS/UPS) for analytical, diagnostics, forensic, life-science, pharmaceutical and biotechnology instrumentation systems applications. Its certified uninterruptible battery backup power sources for laboratory and instrumentation applications protect over $3 billion in laboratory assets worldwide. The company's power engineers have developed LPS/UPS products for over 1,500 instrumentation applications, from more than 100 manufacturers, to meet US Government power requirements. For more information, call (800) 326-6480 or visit www.franek.com.

MultiGEN Diagnostics technology enables conventional DNA sequencing to be used in routine testing applications. Its test procedure is fully automated and is able to process more than 1,000 samples per day in a single laboratory. The MultiGEN Diagnostics advantages over conventional methods includes: highest specificity; simultaneous identification of multiple genomic targets; result format is a nucleotide sequence electropherogram; cost is substantially less than present methods; results are available within 24 hours via e-mail, Internet or fax; clients can also view results on a secured Internet site; and sensitivity is equal to or greater than existing methods. For more information contact: Dr. T. Vinayagamoorthy, President at 858-523-1675 or Moorthy@multigen-diagnostics.com or visit www.multigen-diagnostics.com.

Contact Information

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    Jeanna Sanchez
    JCS Public Relations
    Tel: (760) 295-4166
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    Ray Hecker
    Franek Technologies, Inc.
    Tel: (800) 326-6480
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