WaferGen Bio-systems and Takara Bio Announce Merger Agreement and Target Single-cell RNA-Seq Market

REMONT, Calif. and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. /PRNewswire/ — WaferGen Bio-systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: WGBS), a publicly held genomics technology company (“WaferGen”), and Takara Bio USA Holdings, Inc. (“TBUSH”), announced Friday that they have entered into a merger agreement pursuant to which TBUSH will acquire WaferGen.

Highlights of the Merger

  • Adds ICELL8™ Single-Cell System, Smart Chip PCR™ and Apollo 324™ platforms to TBUSA’s global reagent product mix
  • Couples WaferGen’s high throughput ICELL8™ Single-Cell System, introduced in Q4 2015, with TBUSA’s single-cell reagents, which will provide best in class solutions for single-cell researchers worldwide
  • Expands the access of WaferGen technology platforms to the global genomics market

“The combination of TBUSA’s RNA-seq and T Cell Receptor (TCR) profiling technologies with WaferGen’s ICELL8 platform for isolation and processing of single cells will significantly expand our offering in the fast-growing single-cell and immuno-sequencing markets, and give customers greater access to these products through our global and commercial reach,” said Carol Lou, President of TBUSA. “WaferGen’s technologies are highly complementary to our reagent portfolio and the combination presents new opportunities for us in genetic analysis including clinical and applied markets.”

“WaferGen’s technologies and broad array of rapidly growing product offerings are providing a powerful set of tools for biological analysis at the molecular and single-cell level in the life sciences, pharmaceutical, and clinical laboratory industries,” said Rollie Carlson, President and CEO of WaferGen.  “I’m confident that through this merger we will cement a leadership position in the genomics research market and our combined solutions will accelerate breakthrough scientific and medical discoveries worldwide.”

The WaferGen acquisition will allow Takara Bio to augment and expand its worldwide commercial offerings in transcriptomics and create new market opportunities in other areas of genomics.  Takara Bio provides a wide range of life science products and services under the Takara®, Clontech®, and Cellartis® brands that assist discovery, translational and clinical scientists in the advancement of their work.

About WaferGen

WaferGen Bio-systems, Inc. is a biotechnology company that offers innovative genomic technology solutions for single-cell analysis and clinical research. The ICELL8™ Single-Cell System is a first of its kind system that can isolate thousands of single cells and processes specific cells for analysis, including Next Generation Sequencing. The system has demonstrated unbiased isolation of single cells from solid tumors, brain cells, pulmonary airway cells, and multiple cell lines. The SmartChip™ platform can be used for profiling and validating molecular biomarkers, and can perform massively-parallel singleplex PCR for one-step target enrichment and library preparation for clinical NGS. The Apollo 324™ system can be used to process DNA and RNA from clinical samples to next generation sequencing ready libraries. These technologies offer a powerful set of tools for biological analysis at the molecular and single-cell level in the life sciences, pharmaceutical, and clinical laboratory industries.

About Takara Bio USA, Inc.

Takara Bio USA, Inc. (formerly Clontech Laboratories, Inc.), a subsidiary of Takara Bio Inc., develops, manufactures, and distributes a wide range of life science reagents and kits under the Takara®, Clontech®, and Cellartis® brands. Key products include SMART® cDNA synthesis kits for a variety of samples and applications, including NGS; high-performance qPCR and PCR reagents (including the Takara Ex Taq®, Takara LA Taq®, Titanium®, and Advantage® enzymes); Cellartis stem cells and stem cell reagents; RT enzymes and SMART library construction kits; the innovative In-Fusion® cloning system; Guide-it™ gene editing tools; Tet-based inducible gene expression systems; and Living Colors® fluorescent proteins. These and other products support applications including NGS; gene discovery, regulation, and function studies; protein expression and purification; RNAi, gene editing, and stem cell studies; and plant and food research. For more information, visit www.clontech.com. For specific information about Clontech NGS kits, please visit www.clontech.com/NGS.

Source – PRNewswire

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