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Imec, Pacific Biosciences Team to Develop Advanced Microchips

Photonics.com
Jul 2012
MENLO PARK, Calif., July 27, 2012 — Pacific Biosciences and Leuven, Belgium-based nanoelectronics research center imec have announced a multiyear research collaboration focused on the development of advanced microchips for highly multiplexed single-molecule genetic analysis.

The research will build on Pacific Biosciences’ proprietary zero-mode waveguide (ZMW) technology and imec’s experience in nanophotonics, CMOS sensors, technology integration and fabrication.

“From our inception we have been committed to exploiting the potential of the unique capabilities of our ZMW-based single-molecule, real-time (SMRT) analysis technology to drive innovation in the life sciences,” said Michael Hunkapiller, president and CEO of Pacific Biosciences. “The goal of this collaboration is to harness the power of microchips to scale the capacity and throughput of our SMRT technology.”

Pacific Biosciences offers the PacBio RS high-resolution genetic analyzer to help scientists solve genetically complex problems.

For more information, visit: www.pacb.com or www.imec.be


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photonics
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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