EUROIMMUN to use Scienion Arrayer for Biochip Development and Production

Scienion AG announced today that EUROIMMUN AG – one of the leading manufacturers of immuno-biochemical assays – has purchased Scienion’s sciFLEXARRAYER technology to develop multiplexed diagnostic products and to produce new test formats.
Dortmund and Berlin, Germany, February 21, 2011: EUROIMMUN is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of medical laboratory diagnostics with a focus on test systems for the determination of various antibodies in patient serum in the diagnosis of autoimmune diseases, infectious diseases and allergies. The Lübeck, Germany-based company with about 1000 employees worldwide recently decided, after evaluating several suppliers, to use Scienion’s non-contact sciFLEXARRAYER printing platform for both R&D and production purposes of new multiplexed diagnostic products.
Dr. Ulf Steller, Head of Microarray Division at EUROIMMUN AG, gives several reasons for choosing Scienion’s sciFLEXARRAYER: “Having compared different dispensers, we regard the sciFLEXARRAYER family as the most advanced DNA and protein printing systems currently available. Performing extensive pilot studies at Scienion convinced us of the technology and was a great aid in taking this important decision. For us, the flexibility of the system is a key advantage, as we manufacture different types of diagnostic tests. We expect that the integration of Scienion’s scalable technology will help us adapt production processes to the throughput we need in the following years.”
Dr. Holger Eickhoff, CEO of Scienion AG, states: “Dispensing and deposition of reagents in the picoliter to nanoliter range has become crucial for Next-Generation Diagnostic Products. Scienion is well-positioned to enable the dispensing of any kind of content to any kind of surface and this is a strategic advantage for the continuously growing market of multiplexed assays in the in-vitro diagnostics (IVD) field. EUROIMMUN has developed excellent products and we have been monitoring the strong expansion of the company during the past years. I am sure EUROIMMUN will not only benefit from using our sciFLEXARRAYER technology in R&D, but also exploit its advantages as a reliable production platform to further grow in the IVD market.”

About Scienion
Scienion AG provides systems and services for the contact-free printing of biological and chemical agents for diagnostics, pharmaceutics, veterinary, plant and food analytics and research. Addressing the dynamically increasing needs for miniaturization and multiplex analyses, Scienion offers a unique technology portfolio that has been consequently expanded over one decade. Scienion provides flexible solutions for research and development whereas solutions for production purposes are rather customized. Systems and software are characterized by its versatility, precision and robustness. The company is a renowned specialist for ultra low volume liquid handling, particularly for the handling of precious and sensitive compounds of biological or chemical origin. Scienion’s dispensers allow for contact-free and precise drop spotting in the pico- to nano-liter range and are optimally suited for microarray based analytics – as for tests with DNA, oligonucleotides, peptides, proteins, antibodies, glycans or for dispensing cells onto various carriers.
The company operates from two sites, Dortmund and Berlin.

EUROIMMUN produces a wide range of reagents for medical laboratory diagnostics. The main focus is on test systems for antibodies in patient serum. These allow highly sensitive and specific diagnosis of autoimmune diseases, infectious diseases and allergies.
Test methods are predominantly indirect immunofluorescence, microplate ELISA, various blot techniques (Westernblot, EUROASSAY, EUROLINE, EUROLINE-WB), RIA and all molecular biology techniques. EUROIMMUN also offers a comprehensive range of automation solutions. With innovative and patented production methods and microanalysis techniques, EUROIMMUN is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of medical laboratory diagnostics.

Almut Gebhard
Otto-Hahn-Str. 15
D-44227 Dortmund
Phone +49 (0)30 – 6392 1700
Fax: +49 (0)30 – 6392 1701

Dr. Ulf Steller
Seekamp 31
D-23560 Lübeck
Phone +49 (0)451 5855-0
Fax +49 (0)451 5855-591

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