WaferGen Launches the ICELL8(TM) Single-Cell System at ASHG

Company Presents Data Further Demonstrating Significant Benefits of ICELL8 Single-Cell System to Single-Cell Researchers


FREMONT, Calif., Oct. 6, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- WaferGen Bio-systems (Nasdaq:WGBS) announced today the commercial launch and presentation of data from the ICELL8™ Single-Cell System at the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) annual meeting in Baltimore, MD.

In the hands of world-class early access partners globally, WaferGen's ICELL8 Single-Cell system has consistently demonstrated the power to isolate thousands of single-cells, the control to identify and process individual cells using CellSelect™ automated imaging and software and the ability to provide critical insight derived from running multiple samples or experiments on a single chip. These revolutionary technology advancements in single-cell analysis have the potential to not only accelerate the drug discovery and development process, but also expand fundamental biological discovery and understanding. WaferGen will present a poster at ASHG highlighting data generated by the Company demonstrating the ICELL8 Single-Cell System's ability to identify rare cells from a cell population at a sensitivity of <1%. The poster, number 1906W, will be presented at the conference on Wednesday, October 7, from 6-7pm. Additional details will also available at WaferGen's ASHG booth (number 1027).

Early access partners and collaborators for the ICELL8 Single-Cell System included Genentech, Karolinska Institutet, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, National Jewish Health, and The Broad Institute.  Data from a multitude of early access experiments demonstrated that single cells from solid tumors, brains cells, pulmonary airway cells, multiple cell lines, and nuclei, ranging from 5 to 100 µm in size, can be isolated and dispensed into a single chip without pre-selection or filtering.  

"We are extremely pleased with the results being generated by our ICELL8 Single-Cell System, including those presented here at ASHG, at recent conferences in Europe and those presented by our early access partners.  As we enter the commercial single-cell market, we are excited by the potential of our technology to enable breakthrough scientific discoveries," said Rollie Carlson, President and CEO of WaferGen.

About WaferGen

WaferGen Biosystems, Inc. is a biotechnology company that offers innovative genomic technology solutions for single-cell analysis and clinical research. The single cell analysis platform is a revolutionary system which can isolate thousands of single cells and processes specific cells for analysis, including Next Generation Sequencing. The system can also enable processing of up to eight samples by partitioning the chip into 8 sections. The SmartChip platform can be used for profiling and validating molecular biomarkers, and can perform massively-parallel single-plex PCR for one-step target enrichment and library preparation for clinical NGS. 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.

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