Agilent Technologies and Caliper Offer New DNA 1000 LabChip(R) Kit for Fast And Accurate Sizing and Quantitation of DNA Fragments

Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from Caliper Technologies Corporation

    PALO ALTO, Calif. and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 2 /PRNewswire/ --
 Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:   A) and
 Caliper Technologies Corp. (Nasdaq:   CALP) today announced the introduction of
 the DNA 1000 LabChip(R) kit for the automated analysis of DNA fragments to
 determine their size and concentration.  The new member of the LabChip family,
 which is designed for the Agilent 2100 Bioanalyzer, allows molecular
 biologists to analyze PCR products and small restriction digests with the
 speed and precision that only LabChip technology, developed by Caliper
 Technologies, can offer.
 
     Fast, Easy and Clean
     Combining the resolution of the DNA 500 LabChip kit with a size range that
 is suited for most PCR fragments (25 to 1000 base pairs), the DNA 1000 LabChip
 kit is another valuable member in the growing number of LabChip solutions.
 Whether doing competitive PCR, RT-PCR, or trying to optimize PCR reactions,
 the accurate quantitation and large linear dynamic range of quantitation make
 the DNA 1000 LabChip kit a valuable new tool in the laboratory.
     As with the other members of the LabChip family, the DNA 1000 LabChip kit
 utilizes internal and external standards to automatically calculate the size
 (in base pairs) and the concentration (in ng/microlitres) of each separated
 DNA fragment of the sample -- no gel staining or scanning  is required.  Using
 just 0.5 nanograms of material, the samples are automatically separated,
 detected and analyzed, and the data is archived.  To date, it's the fastest,
 easiest and cleanest way that a molecular biologist can analyze DNA.
 
     U.S. Pricing and Availability
     The DNA 1000 LabChip kit is available to order now.  The kit price for the
 analysis of 300 samples is $355.  Shipments are expected to begin May 1, 2001.
 
     About Caliper Technologies
     Caliper Technologies Corp. is a leader in lab-on-a-chip technology.
 Caliper designs, manufactures, and commercializes LabChip devices and systems
 that enable experiments that ordinarily require laboratories full of equipment
 and people to be conducted on a chip small enough to fit in the palm of a
 child's hand.  The chip contains a network of microscopic channels through
 which fluids and chemicals are moved in order to perform the experiment.  The
 LabChip system is designed to streamline and accelerate laboratory
 experimentation and has potential applicability in a broad range of industries
 including pharmaceuticals, agriculture, chemicals and diagnostics.  Caliper
 has established multiple strategic and commercial alliances and has built a
 leading intellectual property estate in microfluidic technology.  For more
 information, please visit Caliper's new web site at www.calipertech.com.
 
     About Agilent Technologies
     Agilent Technologies Inc. is a global technology leader in communications,
 electronics, life sciences and healthcare.  With 48,000 employees serving
 customers in more than 120 countries, Agilent had net revenue of $10.8 billion
 in fiscal year 2000.  Information about Agilent can be found on the Web at
 www.agilent.com.
 
     NOTE:  Caliper, LabChip and the LabChip logo are U.S. registered
 trademarks of Caliper Technologies Corp.
 
     NOTE TO THE EDITOR:  Sales information may be obtained by calling an
 Agilent Technologies sales office listed in the telephone directory white
 pages.  Please do NOT use editor-contact or corporate telephone numbers.
     Information in this release applies specifically to products available in
 the United States.  Product availability and specifications may vary in
 non-U.S. markets.
     If you choose to review this item, your readers will receive the quickest
 response to their inquiries by e-mailing them to carol_dunn@agilent.com.
 Alternatively, readers can mail their inquiries to:  Agilent Technologies,
 Inc., 71 Southgate Boulevard, 4174, New Castle, DE 19720 or call
 800-227-9770.
 
     NOTE:  The statement in this news release regarding the expected shipping
 date of the DNA 1000 LabChip(R) is a forward-looking statement subject to
 risks and uncertainties.  Shipping may be delayed or canceled in the event
 that unexpected technical difficulties during finalization of the kit are
 encountered.  Other risks related to Caliper are detailed in Caliper's Annual
 Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 16, 2001.
 
 

SOURCE Caliper Technologies Corporation
    PALO ALTO, Calif. and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 2 /PRNewswire/ --
 Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:   A) and
 Caliper Technologies Corp. (Nasdaq:   CALP) today announced the introduction of
 the DNA 1000 LabChip(R) kit for the automated analysis of DNA fragments to
 determine their size and concentration.  The new member of the LabChip family,
 which is designed for the Agilent 2100 Bioanalyzer, allows molecular
 biologists to analyze PCR products and small restriction digests with the
 speed and precision that only LabChip technology, developed by Caliper
 Technologies, can offer.
 
     Fast, Easy and Clean
     Combining the resolution of the DNA 500 LabChip kit with a size range that
 is suited for most PCR fragments (25 to 1000 base pairs), the DNA 1000 LabChip
 kit is another valuable member in the growing number of LabChip solutions.
 Whether doing competitive PCR, RT-PCR, or trying to optimize PCR reactions,
 the accurate quantitation and large linear dynamic range of quantitation make
 the DNA 1000 LabChip kit a valuable new tool in the laboratory.
     As with the other members of the LabChip family, the DNA 1000 LabChip kit
 utilizes internal and external standards to automatically calculate the size
 (in base pairs) and the concentration (in ng/microlitres) of each separated
 DNA fragment of the sample -- no gel staining or scanning  is required.  Using
 just 0.5 nanograms of material, the samples are automatically separated,
 detected and analyzed, and the data is archived.  To date, it's the fastest,
 easiest and cleanest way that a molecular biologist can analyze DNA.
 
     U.S. Pricing and Availability
     The DNA 1000 LabChip kit is available to order now.  The kit price for the
 analysis of 300 samples is $355.  Shipments are expected to begin May 1, 2001.
 
     About Caliper Technologies
     Caliper Technologies Corp. is a leader in lab-on-a-chip technology.
 Caliper designs, manufactures, and commercializes LabChip devices and systems
 that enable experiments that ordinarily require laboratories full of equipment
 and people to be conducted on a chip small enough to fit in the palm of a
 child's hand.  The chip contains a network of microscopic channels through
 which fluids and chemicals are moved in order to perform the experiment.  The
 LabChip system is designed to streamline and accelerate laboratory
 experimentation and has potential applicability in a broad range of industries
 including pharmaceuticals, agriculture, chemicals and diagnostics.  Caliper
 has established multiple strategic and commercial alliances and has built a
 leading intellectual property estate in microfluidic technology.  For more
 information, please visit Caliper's new web site at www.calipertech.com.
 
     About Agilent Technologies
     Agilent Technologies Inc. is a global technology leader in communications,
 electronics, life sciences and healthcare.  With 48,000 employees serving
 customers in more than 120 countries, Agilent had net revenue of $10.8 billion
 in fiscal year 2000.  Information about Agilent can be found on the Web at
 www.agilent.com.
 
     NOTE:  Caliper, LabChip and the LabChip logo are U.S. registered
 trademarks of Caliper Technologies Corp.
 
     NOTE TO THE EDITOR:  Sales information may be obtained by calling an
 Agilent Technologies sales office listed in the telephone directory white
 pages.  Please do NOT use editor-contact or corporate telephone numbers.
     Information in this release applies specifically to products available in
 the United States.  Product availability and specifications may vary in
 non-U.S. markets.
     If you choose to review this item, your readers will receive the quickest
 response to their inquiries by e-mailing them to carol_dunn@agilent.com.
 Alternatively, readers can mail their inquiries to:  Agilent Technologies,
 Inc., 71 Southgate Boulevard, 4174, New Castle, DE 19720 or call
 800-227-9770.
 
     NOTE:  The statement in this news release regarding the expected shipping
 date of the DNA 1000 LabChip(R) is a forward-looking statement subject to
 risks and uncertainties.  Shipping may be delayed or canceled in the event
 that unexpected technical difficulties during finalization of the kit are
 encountered.  Other risks related to Caliper are detailed in Caliper's Annual
 Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 16, 2001.
 
 SOURCE  Caliper Technologies Corporation