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Illumina and Oxford Nanopore announce strategic alliance
February 2009
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SAN DIEGOŚIllumina and U.K.-based Oxford Nanopore Technologies have entered into a strategic alliance under which Illumina will exclusively market, sell, distribute and service BASE Technology products developed by Oxford Nanopore for DNA sequencing into the research and diagnostic markets worldwide. Illumina and Oxford Nanopore will share profits generated from sales. Oxford Nanopore's system uses protein nanopores coupled with a processive enzyme. This system is designed for direct electrical identification of DNA bases at the single-molecule level, without the need for fluorescent labels. As part of the deal, Illumina made an equity investment of $18 million to accelerate the development of BASE Technology. DDN

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