Heidelberg, Germany, March 8, 2004 - The RZPD German Resource Center for Genome Research, Berlin, has entered into a cooperation agreement with the Heidelberg based biotechnology company Axaron Bioscience AG. The aim of this cooperation is to combine Axaron's Axaminer™ cell-type specific expression profiling technology with RZPD's services based on Affymetrix GeneChip® expression arrays. Customers will benefit from the integrated and cost effective service capabilities of both parties. Axaron and RZPD aim to attract new customers in sectors of drug discovery and development companies by co-marketing their services in future.
RZPD is an authorized Affymetrix partner, which provides Affymetrix services to customers throughout Europe. Axaron provides the Axaminer™ service for gene expression profiling of specific cell types from complex tissues and organs. The Axaminer™ platform is comprised of four integrated modules: specific cell labeling, automated cell isolation using laser microdissection, isolation and amplification of tiny amounts of RNA, as well as subsequent expression profiling. Axaron offers its Axaminer™ technology as a customer tailored solution, which enables unique cell-type specific insights to molecular processes hitherto not possible with existing analytical methods.
Axaron Bioscience AG
Im Neuenheimer Feld 515
D-69120 Heidelberg, Germany
Tel.: +49 (0)6221 454-705
Fax: +49 (0)6221 454-776
Axaron Bioscience AG is a Heidelberg-based biotechnology company which pioneers innovative therapies for neurodegenerative diseases such as stroke or Parkinson's. The company capitalizes on its uniquely integrated functional genomics and proteomics technology platform and its world-leading network of expert partners in the CNS field. Axaminer™ is based on Axaron's proprietary technology and enables gene expression profiling at a cellular level. The Axaminer™ technology comprises four integrated modules offered as a full service or tailor-made solution to pharmaceutical companies. For further information please visit www.axaron.com
RZPD - German Resource Center for Genome Research (Deutsches Ressourcenzentrum für Genomforschung), Berlin, is the largest and most modern service centre for genomics and proteomics research in Europe. Based on one of the largest clone collections worldwide, it provides high quality research material, high throughput technology and automation solutions for academic institutions as well as for industry. The RZPD's portfolio includes clones of genomic and cDNA libraries, expression clones with full open reading frames, siRNA resources, high-density colony, DNA, and protein arrays, custom microarrays, expression profiling, Affymetrix service, high-throughput PCR amplification, and cDNA library generation. For a full listing please refer to www.rzpd.de. The RZPD is certified to comply with the quality standards ISO 9001:2000.