VANCOUVER, BC – April 15, 2013 – Coastal Genomics Inc. announced today that it has received a financial contribution from the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) of up to $112,000 to aid in the development of the Ranger automated workstation. The objective of the IRAP project is to launch a commercial version of the workstation in 2013.
The proprietary technology behind the Ranger makes it the only instrument available that can automate agarose gel size selection for up to 96 samples in a single run. Academic laboratories, prenatal/clinical diagnostic facilities and gene synthesis companies will benefit through complete automation of this sample preparation method.
IRAP’s ongoing technical and business advice along with its financial contribution is helping to optimize the run time and applicability of the system to new project types. It is anticipated that by the time the workstation launches commercially, it will be capable of size selecting 96 samples in as little as one to two hours. Additionally, the system will be able to accurately size select fragment ranges exceeding 10 kbp.
About Coastal Genomics
Coastal Genomics Inc. develops and markets automated solutions for the sample preparation needs of Life Sciences. Our first product is the Ranger automated workstation, which provides comprehensive automation for agarose gel size selection. We anticipate the technology will be well received by groups that are looking to automate this gold standard technique at a cost that is comparable to the most economical methods of nucleic acid purification.
Coastal Genomics is a privately owned corporation operating in Vancouver, Canada. www.coastalgenomics.com.