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June 12, 2008 09:45 AM Eastern Daylight Time
Whatman, Part of GE Healthcare, and VigeneTech Launch Custom Software for Fast Quant® System 

FLORHAM PARK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Whatman, part of GE Healthcare, a unit of General Electric Company (NYSE:GE), and VigeneTech, today announced the launch of custom software to analyze Whatman FAST Quant® samples. The customized OEM software from VigeneTech provides high quality image quantification and enhances the automation for Whatman FAST Quant® protein array image and data analysis.

The Whatman FAST Quant® Kits allow researchers to accurately determine the concentration of several cytokines in dozens of biological samples simultaneously, using familiar ELISA immunochemistry. Built on Whatman FAST® Slides, the most reliable and sensitive platform for microarrays, FAST Quant® combines the power of array technology with the quantitative nature and high throughput capabilities of traditional ELISA.

MicroVigene from VigeneTech is the most widely recognized spot finding software in the market. The new custom software will now allow FAST Quant® users to rapidly and more accurately analyze fluorescent immunoassay results from multiplexed platforms. More accurate spot finding in an array format assures increased accuracy of assay results.

Dr. Michael Harvey, Director of Research and Development for Whatman, comments that FAST Quant® has proven to be an excellent analytical multiplexing tool for the simultaneous determination of different analytes from small volumes of clinical samples. ¡°With the improved image analysis capabilities of the MicroVigene for FAST Quant® image analysis software, and new array configurations, FAST Quant® arrays will continue to provide a powerful tool for our clinical and pre-clinical customers.¡± The FAST Quant® System is a complete package allowing simple determinations of analyte concentrations with sophisticated and rapid data analysis.

About Whatman

A global leader in separations technology, Whatman provides innovative life science products and solutions for the scientific community. Whatman has developed total sample preparation solutions through our robust line of filtration devices and membranes. Our breakthrough protein array technology, coupled with unique innovations in capturing, archiving and purifying DNA at room temperature, enable us to provide novel solutions for the analytical, health care, and bioscience markets. For more information visit us at www.whatman.com.

About GE Healthcare

GE is Imagination at Work -- a diversified technology, media and financial services company focused on solving some of the world¡¯s toughest problems. With products and services ranging from aircraft engines, power generation, water processing and security technology to medical imaging, business and consumer financing, media content and advanced materials, GE serves customers in more than 100 countries and employs more than 300,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit the company¡¯s website at http://www.ge.com.

About VigeneTech

VigeneTech is the leader of automated image analysis technology. VigeneTech provides novel scientific software with customized solutions to biomarker discovery, drug development and clinical application. VigeneTech¡¯s MicroVigene for protein microarray analysis delivers accurate and 100% reproducible results. VigeneTech¡¯s CellVigene provides superior signal extraction for diagnostic and research applications in high content analysis, molecular image and other cell/tissue based images. For more information visit http://www.vigenetech.com.

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Whatman, Part of GE Healthcare
Li Li Lee
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Shari States
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Shari.States@Whatman.com
+1 973 245 8342

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