Spartan Bioscience Inc.

Spartan Bioscience Inc.

June 12, 2007 08:30 ET

Spartan Bioscience Launches World's First Personal DNA Analyzer

Spartan DX™ device enables on-demand, real-time PCR results in 30 minutes or less.

OTTAWA, CANADA--(Marketwire - June 12, 2007) - Spartan Bioscience Inc. today announced the commercial launch of the Spartan DX™ real-time PCR (polymerase chain reaction) DNA analyzer. The Spartan DX™ provides DNA results in 30 minutes or less for 4 samples at a time. It is available at a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of USD $14,995. Spartan is now accepting orders for shipment during the month of July.

Highly accurate DNA testing is the "gold standard" for molecular diagnostics, but is slow and expensive since batched, mainframe-style DNA machines are designed for highly-trained scientists in high-throughput environments.

In contrast, the Spartan DX™ is designed for non-batched, on-demand DNA applications where speed and convenience are important. Applications include low-throughput research experiments and non-batched testing for infectious diseases. The Spartan DX™ has been validated against industry-leading real-time PCR machines. It is proven to be compatible with industry-standard consumables, including inexpensive reaction tubes and real-time PCR reagents and kits from leading manufacturers.

"In the same way that mainframe computers gave rise to personal computers, mainframe DNA machines are giving rise to personal DNA analyzers," said Dr. Paul Lem, Chief Executive Officer of Spartan. "DNA is in every organism on the planet and there will be major benefits as DNA testing becomes widely available."

About Spartan Bioscience

Founded in 2005, Spartan Bioscience Inc. is a privately-held molecular diagnostics company that develops, manufactures, and markets personal DNA analyzers for on-demand applications. The company is focusing on applications where rapid and convenient DNA testing is particularly important, such as low-throughput research experiments and non-batched testing for infectious diseases.

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