SQI Diagnostics to acquire Scienion AG, a leader in microarray manufacturing

Scienion AG, a German-based microarray manufacturing equipment and microarray print and development services company today announced that it has entered into an agreement to be acquired by SQI Diagnostics Inc. (“SQI” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: SQD), a life sciences company that develops and commercializes proprietary technologies and products for advanced microarray diagnostics. SQI will acquire all of the share capital of Scienion AG.
Dortmund and Berlin, Germany, July 4, 2011: Scienion AG is a market leader in microarray printing development, microarray production systems and contract microarray print and development services for the life sciences industry. We believe the proposed sale of Scienion to SQI, will further our combined entry into the market for providing enabling technologies for multiplexed protein, antibody, antigen and molecular (genetic) microarrays.
Specifically, we believe that our proposed sale will:
• enable us to combine our strength and technology leadership position in microarray printing, surface chemistry, and automation of microarray processes with SQI’s assay development processes and analytical systems for running microarray tests and the expertise of the two companies for highly technical microarray printing capabilities;
• accelerate the commercialization of our combined pipeline of custom microarray diagnostic products through the use of Scienion’s microarray print expertise, arrayer equipment and experience with complete “print solutions” with SQI’s automated microarray platforms;
• enable us with complimentary products and diagnostic tools that we can offer to our base of more than 400 customers, many of whom are potential customers for our combined service offerings and research use only and in vitro diagnostic products;
• expand our products and services in North America using SQI’s sales support for Scienion’s equipment;
• leverage Scienion’s sales and engineering support in Europe to market SQI’s suite of diagnostic products and services in Europe;
The closing of the transaction is subject to a number of customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, and is subject to financing.

About Scienion
Scienion AG provides systems and services for the contact-free printing of biological and chemical agents for human diagnostics, pharmaceutics, veterinary, plant and food analytics and research. Scienion provides flexible off the shelf solutions for research and development and customized solutions for production purposes. Scienion has leading technology in the area of 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 suited for microarray based analytics – as for tests with DNA, oligonucleotides, peptides, proteins, antibodies, glycans or for dispensing cells onto various carriers. For more information, please visit www.scienion.de. The contents of the website are specifically not incorporated by reference in this press release.

About SQI Diagnostics
SQI Diagnostics is a life sciences company that develops and commercializes proprietary technologies and products for advanced microarray diagnostics. Our proprietary microarray tests and fully-automated systems are designed to simplify protein and antibody testing workflow, increase throughput, reduce costs and provide excellent data quality. For more information, please visit www.sqidiagnostics.com. The contents of our website are specifically not incorporated by reference in this press release.

Scienion AG
Chief Executive Officer
Holger Eickhoff
49 30 6392 1700
SQI Diagnostics Inc.
Chief Financial Officer
Andrew Morris
416.674.9500 ext. 229
Media and Investor Relations
Adam Peeler
416.815.0700 ext. 225

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