Virtek Aquires Biotechnology Business of Engineering Services

Thursday, 19 October, 2000

Virtek Vision International announced that it has acquired the biotechnology business of Engineering Services Inc. (ESI), a robotics and automation company.

ESI's biotechnology business includes several automation technologies, including accurate DNA micro-arrayers. Micro-arrayers produce the DNA spots that are scanned by laser DNA readers, such as Virtek's ChipReader.

Like ChipReader, ESI's arrayer is a key enabling technology in the field of genetic research. DNA micro-arrays allow researchers to assess which genes are turned 'on' or 'off' in a cell or tissue and to evaluate the extent of a gene's presence under various conditions.

In addition to the arrayer, ESI is launching a colony picker, and is currently developing a new, small desktop arrayer and a colony arrayer.

The colony picker visually searches for, reconises, and removes yeast and bacteria colonies containing DNA. It then places these colonies on micro-array substrates for analysis in instruments such as the ChipReader.

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