SCIENION AG, a developer of a revolutionary new ultra-low volume liquid handling technology, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a strategic, joint development agreement with AXELA Inc. AXELA provides integrated technology platforms based on proprietary flow through arrays for molecular diagnostics. Available in both high throughput and sample to answer, point-of-use formats, they allow sensitive, multiplex detection of nucleic acids and proteins across broad clinical applications.
Berlin, Germany, and Toronto, Canada, MAY 24, 2016: Under the terms of the agreement, SCIENION and AXELA will jointly develop production systems and services for diagnostic and research products serving oncology, autoimmune, allergy, immunoassay, infectious disease and other markets. This will provide commercialization partners with an integrated and scalable offering to address emerging diagnostic markets.
“This agreement with SCIENION represents a natural evolution of the strong existing relationship between the two companies”, said Paul Smith, President of AXELA. “Our printing requirements are unique in that AXELA services many markets, requiring production of a wide variety of chips. These typically contain between 10-150 targets drawn from a diverse selection of antigens, antibodies and oligonucleotide probes. A precise and versatile liquid handling technology was necessary to meet these demanding requirements, while still providing our partners with a robust, go to market production solution”.
“We are excited to undertake this new strategic partnership with AXELA, whose award winning system is explicitly designed for real-world applications,” said Holger Eickhoff, Founder and CEO of SCIENION. “AXELA is an excellent partner with deep industry roots. This cooperative agreement is a testament to SCIENION’s ongoing efforts to expand marketing and related value-added services. At the same time, we look forward to utilizing our extensive experience in diagnostics markets to help AXELA expand its business opportunities. This partnership with AXELA allows SCIENION to better position itself in the diagnostics eco-system, supplying unique solutions to these markets.”
AXELA Inc. is a company focused on providing high performance, multiplex diagnostic solutions for both point-of-care and traditional laboratory environments. Superior time to result and sensitivity for both proteins and nucleic acids on a common platform has been demonstrated in allergy, oncology, infectious disease, and neurology. Multiplex detection methodologies are complemented by proprietary sample preparation and amplification strategies adapted for simple, sample to answer platforms. These provide a significantly lower cost per test, allowing complex, high content assays to be competitive in both emerging markets and constrained reimbursement environments. AXELA has partnered with international diagnostic companies and reference laboratories to commercialize clinical tests and develop custom market and application based solutions. The Toronto, Canada based company has a strong IP position, with more than 100 patents and applications owned or licensed worldwide.
SCIENION offers complete solutions for precise liquid dispensing applications enabling high throughput production of multiparameter assays in diagnostics, and life and material sciences. Addressing the dynamically increasing needs for miniaturization and multiplex analyses, SCIENION offers a unique technology portfolio that has been continuously expanded for over 15 years. SCIENION provides flexible solutions for research and development, wherein solutions for production purposes are customized. Systems and software are characterized by their 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 micro-liter range and are optimally suited for microarray based analytics – such as for tests with DNA, oligonucleotides, peptides, proteins, antibodies, glycans or for dispensing cells onto various substrates. The company operates from two sites in Germany, Dortmund and Berlin, and has a subsidiary in New Jersey, USA.