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YSI Incorporated And Groton Biosystems Enter Product Integration Technology Collaboration

10/19/2005 5:12:10 PM

Yellow Springs, Ohio / Acton, Massachusetts, November 10, 2004 - YSI Incorporated and Groton Biosystems announced today that the two companies have entered into a product integration collaboration. YSI and Groton are working together on the integration of the YSI Life Sciences bioprocess analyzers with the Groton Biosystems ARS (Automated Reactor Sampling) and GPA1000 (Groton Process Analyzer) systems. The collaboration will provide rapid, accurate analysis of key bioreactor chemistries-including nutrients, byproducts, amino acids, and protein titer-in an automated format.

"This agreement between YSI and Groton Biosystems will provide cell culture scientists with a state-of-the-art automated system solution that will dramatically improve efficiency in sample draw and analysis," said Groton CEO Bill Dinardo. "The elimination of human intervention in the sample draw and analysis steps will reduce the risk of contamination and potential for labeling errors. The collaboration was driven by a strong demand from industry contacts and current YSI users."

"We are extremely excited about our role in offering a solution for controlling pharmaceutical and biotechnology research and production processes," noted YSI CEO Rick Omlor. "This unique collaboration brings together YSI's established immobilized enzyme technology with Groton's state-of-the-art process analysis and sampling instrumentation."

The collaboration between YSI and Groton Biosystems will result in a product offering aligned with the FDA's Process Analytical Technology (PAT) initiative.

YSI Incorporated -- an employee-owned company in Yellow Springs, Ohio -- is a leading provider of technology solutions and services for data collection and analysis. Founded in 1948, YSI has earned its reputation as the "gold standard" in bioanalytical instruments for its highly accurate sensors and rapid results. Products from YSI Life Sciences, a strategic business unit of YSI Inc., are found around the world in research institutions, hospitals and clinics, athletic training facilities, and biopharmaceutical companies.

Groton Biosystems - located in Acton, Massachusetts -- is a pioneer in providing protein production companies with leading edge on-line and laboratory process monitoring solutions. Focused on the biotechnology industry, Groton offers the most cost-effective solutions for monitoring the entire research and manufacturing process. The company maintains a focused commitment to the growing needs of the recombinant protein market and is dedicated exclusively to the development, manufacture, support and sale of products for this market.

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