Strategic alliance between ServiceXS and Genetwister

Press Release - Wageningen, May 25th 2010  

A strategic alliance is established by the Dutch Biotech companies Genetwister Technologies B.V. and ServiceXS B.V.. The two innovative companies will be collaborating providers for future and existing customers and will share their networks. The collaboration will provide synergy in support of genomic breeding and biotechnology which will be beneficial to customers.

ServiceXS provides whole service solutions for genomic and proteomic research in the animal- and human field and medium/high throughput services for amongst others nucleic acid sequencing, genotyping, gene expression analysis and CNV analysis. Genetwister provides genomic breeding and biotechnology solutions in the field of agri- and horticultural crops and provides "marker and trait discovery" and "bio-informatics" services in general.

The companies share the same vision on technology development and offer complementary biotechnology services. The collaboration will provide a full coverage of services for plant, animal, and human genomics ranging from experimental design, high quality data production, data analysis with state of the art bioinformatics, to dedicated implementations for customers.

Douwe de Boer, Managing Director of Genetwister, comments: "The combination of the knowledge, expertise and technology between Genetwister and ServiceXS will result in added value for our customers. In this way faster molecular identification of biochemical processes underlying traits that are relevant for breeding programs and characterization of cultivars will be achieved. In addition, this alliance will be benificial for our green biotechnology projects as well". Wilbert van Workum, Director of ServiceXS, adds that the joining of forces between the two biotech companies is a natural step in a fast changing technology market. "It allows both companies to develop new business opportunities through the combined range of biotechnology services."