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BioServe Unveils SNPlates™

BioServe Unveils SNPlates™ for Economical Genetic Case-Control Studies

June 3, 2008

Ready-Made “Case-Control Studies on a Plate” Reduce the Cost and Complexity from Case-Control Validation Studies

Beltsville, MD, June 03, 2008 – BioServe today introduced SNPlates, a product-line that promises to significantly reduce both the cost and complexity of how disease case-control studies are currently conducted. Leveraging BioServe’s Global Repository® of human biological samples, SNPlates are comprised of DNA consisting of 180 cases and 180 matched controls in ready-made 96 and 384 well plate formats with comprehensive, de-identified covariate data such as age, gender, diet, body mass index (BMI) and race. SNPlates for diabetes, obesity, breast, colon, lung and prostate cancer are now available.

An early user of SNPlates, Dr. Yuichiro Tanaka, a prostate cancer investigator at the Urology Research Center, University of California, San Francisco, remarked, “BioServe’s SNPlates provide great value by offering DNA with detailed clinical, demographic and environmental data for my research. BioServe was able to provide us with DNA from a cohort of prostate cancer patients that allowed us to further strengthen the link between hypermethylation, various polymorphisms and their relationship to prostate cancer. SNPlates provided me with the ideal set of cases and controls for my research.”

A key challenge facing life science researchers is that conducting case-control studies is often a complex, time-consuming and expensive process. BioServe’s SNPlates now offer research institutions of all types and sizes an effective, economical solution. “The application of richly annotated DNA samples to validate case-control studies have the potential to make the process of genetic marker validation easier and more cost-effective, and provide an exciting new alternative to how studies are today conducted,” stated Kevin Krenitsky MD, Chief Executive Officer of BioServe.

Commenting on the future research role of SNPlates, Dr. Elaine Lanza, a well-known epidemiologist and President of Genomic Nanosystems, said, “Sound epidemiological studies take many years to conduct. BioServe’s SNPlates provide great value by offering detailed demographic, family and medical history, along with DNA for genotyping. SNPlates have the potential to become very valuable tools for efficiently validating gene markers and their association with a variety of disease states such as cancer, obesity, diabetes and heart disease.”

Kevin Krenitsky added, “BioServe has assembled a world class dataset that will allow researchers – even those on a limited budget – to take advantage of premium sample sets that were once the exclusive reserve of large budget research programs.”