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Gyros AB and GE Healthcare Sign Distribution Agreement for Japan


7/12/2011 9:15:32 AM

Uppsala, Sweden and Chalfont St Giles, UK, 12 July 2011 -- Gyros AB, a leader in utilization of microfluidic technologies to miniaturize and automate immunoassays, announced today that GE Healthcare Life Sciences has become the sole distributor for the company’s nanoliter-scale immunoassay platform in Japan. The Gyros platform (www.gyros.com) is increasingly used by major biopharmaceutical companies and their service providers to improve productivity and efficiency during the development of biotherapeutics and vaccines, boosting time-critical workflows and helping to meet regulatory demands.

Commenting on the announcement, Erik Walldén, CEO at Gyros, said, “The growing acceptance of our nanoliter-scale immunoassay platform within the global biopharmaceutical industry makes it imperative that we are represented within the Japanese market. We believe that this agreement with GE Healthcare Life Sciences will be a key factor in our success. As well as the clear commercial synergy between our product portfolios, we can be sure of providing the highest standards of service and support for our Japanese customers. We look forward to a highly successful collaboration.”

Hiroko Watanabe, General Manager GE Healthcare Life Sciences, Japan, added, “We are delighted to have signed this agreement with Gyros which will help us expand our offering of value-added and innovative technologies to the biopharmaceutical industry in Japan. The Gyros immunoassay platform offers manufacturers of biopharmaceuticals and vaccines the potential to make substantial improvements in productivity and is an excellent complement to our own extensive range of analytical technologies for the biopharmaceutical industry including Biacore™ and MicroCal™ systems.”

Enquiries:

Lorna Cuddon

Zyme Communications Ltd

Tel: +44 (0) 7811 996 942

Skype: lorna.cuddon

Email: lorna.cuddon@zymecommunications.com

www.zymecommunications.com

About Gyros (www.gyros.com)

Gyros AB is the world leader in utilization of microfluidic technologies to miniaturize and automate immunoassays. The GyrosTM immunoassay platform increases productivity and efficiency during development of biotherapeutics and vaccines, saving time and labor. Major biopharmaceutical companies and their service providers utilize the Gyros platform to boost time-critical workflows and meet increasing regulatory demands.

Spanning the entire spectrum of immunoassays, the platform cuts the time to result significantly. Faster development times, and unattended running of assays at nanoliter scale, save labor and sample. The ease of assay transfer between sites and from development to regulated environments is unsurpassed in the industry.

The company has around 60 employees, based at its headquarters in Uppsala, Sweden and at regional sales and support offices in the USA and Europe, and a growing network of distributors.

About GE Healthcare (www.gehealthcare.com)

GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services that are shaping a new age of patient care. Our broad expertise in medical imaging and information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring systems, drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies, performance improvement and performance solutions services help our customers to deliver better care to more people around the world at a lower cost. In addition, we partner with healthcare leaders, striving to leverage the global policy change necessary to implement a successful shift to sustainable healthcare systems.

Our “healthymagination” vision for the future invites the world to join us on our journey as we continuously develop innovations focused on reducing costs, increasing access and improving quality around the world. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, GE Healthcare is a unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE). Worldwide, GE Healthcare employees are committed to serving healthcare professionals and their patients in more than 100 countries. For more information about GE Healthcare, visit our website at www.gehealthcare.com.



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