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January 26, 2007 | Customer News

Tecan and Cerionx team up to create superior liquid handling

  Tecan, the world-renowned manufacturer of automated liquid handling workstations, and Cerionx Inc., the sole provider of systems for cleaning automated pipette tips with 'cold' plasma, have announced an exclusive distribution agreement for the supply and marketing of the Cerionx 8-channel TipCharger™ System to the worldwide biopharmaceutical market.

Addition of the Cerionx TipCharger System as an integrated and supported component to Tecan's automated liquid handling and robotics workstations provides added value to customers by offering uniquely superior pipette tip cleaning and sterilization. The TipCharger System uses room temperature ('cold') atmospheric pressure plasma to clean and sterilize pipette tips by removing contaminants at the molecular level without using hazardous solvents. This revolutionary plasma cleaning technology reduces the potential for contamination at the sample and consumable levels, reduces run time and improves assay productivity.

"Tecan's automation expertise, industry leading position and excellent reputation for offering innovative solutions to its customers makes the company an ideal business partner," stated Jeb Connor, Chairman and CEO, Cerionx. "Its leadership is well recognized throughout the world and we are delighted with our collaboration."

The TipCharger System can be easily integrated into both new and existing Tecan workstations, including Tecan's Freedom EVO® series of versatile liquid handling platforms that serves a full range of genomic, proteomic, drug discovery and other life science applications.

About Tecan

Tecan (www.tecan.com) is a leading global player in the Life Sciences supply industry specializing in the development, production, and distribution of advanced automation solutions enabling pharma and academic research, diagnostics, food and veterinary research as well as forensics. Through its REMP subsidiary (www.remp.com), Tecan is the leading supplier of compound and sample storage, management and logistics solutions. Tecan clients are pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, university research departments and diagnostic laboratories. Founded in Switzerland in 1980, the company has manufacturing, research and development sites in both North America and Europe and maintains a sales and service network in 52 countries. In 2005, Tecan achieved sales of CHF 344.9 million (USD 275.9 Mio.; EUR 222.5 Mio.). Registered shares of Tecan Group are traded on the SWX Swiss Exchange (TK: TECN / Reuters: TECZn.S / Valor: 12100191).

About Cerionx

Cerionx, Inc. is a technology company dedicated to the development of state-of-the-art products for laboratory research applications. The TipCharger System, protected by multiple patents and patents pending, can be incorporated on existing as well as new automated liquid handling platforms. The TipCharger System is a revolutionary approach that cleans and sterilizes tips used in automated liquid handling without the use of solvents or liquids of any type. More information about Cerionx and the TipCharger System can be found on the company's website.

For further information please contact:

Tecan Switzerland AG
Seestrasse 103
CH-8708 Männedorf

T +41 44 922 81 11
F +41 44 922 81 12

Cerionx, Inc. 
4300 Haddonfield Road
Pennsauken NJ 08109

T +1 856-963-5535
F +1 856-663-1664