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Kyoto University to utilize real-time smart chip system in research

System from WaferGen Biosystems will help Kyoto scientists identify progress and treatment of diseas

WaferGen Biosystems, a developer of genetic analysis systems, has reported that scientists from Kyoto University will use WaferGen SmartChip Real-Time PCR System to identify and compare biomarkers to advance research in regenerating tissues such as bone, cartilage, and muscle, lost or reduced due to various causes.

The researchers at Kyoto University are led by professor Shinya Yamanaka, director of Kyoto University's Centre for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA). They are using the SmartChip platform to better identify and compare biomarkers, for the clarification of iPS cells. A biomarker is a biochemical feature that is used to measure the progress of disease or the effects of treatment

Alnoor Shivji, chairman and CEO of WaferGen, said: "We are pleased that a university of the stature of Kyoto in existence for more than 100 years with more than 22,000 students today has chosen our SmartChip System as part of their research project.

"By providing both the discovery and validation of biomarkers on one platform, SmartChip enables more extensive gene analysis, a key component in the advancement of important new therapies such as regenerative treatments."