Metabolon and DIAN Open New Metabolomics Laboratory in China
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. -- March 27, 2018 -- Metabolon, Inc., the global leader in metabolomics, announced today that its joint metabolomics laboratory with Zhejiang Dian Diagnostics Co., Ltd. ("DIAN"), one of China's largest chains of independent medical laboratories, has achieved full validation in running Metabolon's proprietary metabolomics platform. The joint laboratory is located in Hangzhou and has started processing client samples under an exclusive licensing agreement with Metabolon announced in February 2017. Hangzhou Calibra Diagnostics Co., Ltd. ("Calibra"), a majority-owned subsidiary of DIAN, will be the exclusive partner for providing Metabolon's metabolomics services and commercializing its technology in China.
"Launching our global metabolomics platform in China allows us to better serve current and future customers in this significant, growing market," said Metabolon CEO John Ryals, PhD. "Calibra has done an outstanding job establishing the laboratory, validating the platform and preparing its marketing team for this day. We look forward to a successful relationship as they expand our service offerings for research applications in clinical research, health management, traditional Chinese medicine, pharmaceuticals, consumer goods and agriculture, as well as supporting large-cohort population studies throughout the Chinese market.
"Calibra is pleased to exclusively offer Metabolon's technology in China, and I am confident that our collaboration is going to open many new opportunities to help advance metabolomics applications in this market," said Hua-fen Liu, Calibra CEO.
Metabolon's technology screens the largest, most diverse metabolite reference library in the industry and leverages proprietary software and biochemistry expertise to deliver the most accurate and comprehensive metabolomics data. This data can be used by life sciences researchers to gain actionable biological insight and understand genomic and other -omics data.
Metabolomics is the study of small molecules called metabolites and is a powerful phenotyping technology for life sciences research and precision medicine. It measures changes in metabolite levels and maps them to the appropriate biochemical pathways to give researchers and clinicians a better understanding of health and the influences of genes, microbiome, diet, lifestyle and drug treatment.
Hangzhou Calibra Diagnostics is a subsidiary company of DIAN Diagnostics, a leading clinical diagnostic total solution provider in China. Calibra focuses on the application and product development of a variety of mass spectrometry technology platforms in life sciences, environmental sciences, and other fields. Calibra currently has four central laboratories and leverages DIAN's diagnostic network across the country, providing a total solution including service and product development for clinical diagnostics, metabolomics research, Pharma CRO, and forensic toxicology testing.
Metabolon, Inc. is the world's leading health technology company advancing metabolomics for precision medicine and all areas of life sciences research. Its Precision Metabolomics™ is a powerful, patented technology for assessing health and delivering biomarker discoveries, innovative diagnostic tests, and valuable data for genomics and population health initiatives. Metabolon's expertise is also accelerating research and product development across the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, consumer products, agriculture and nutrition industries, as well as academic and government organizations. The company was founded in 2000 and is based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. For more information, please visit www.metabolon.com or follow us on LinkedIn or Twitter.
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