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LGC Standards announces distribution partnership with Biontex

Date:05 February 2013

January 2013, UK ? LGC Standards, the leading supplier of biological reference materials, is pleased to announce that it has agreed a distribution partnership with Biontex Laboratories GmbH, a leading manufacturer and supplier of reagents for genetic engineering in eukaryotic cells

The partnership between LGC Standards and Biontex is an ideal match: LGC Standards is known for its customer service and worldwide distribution network, Biontex for their innovative technology in approaching transfection applications and collaborative scientific relationships with their customer base.

Dr Stephan Koenig, Chief Executive Officer at Biontex, comments: ?We are proud to welcome LGC Standards as a distribution partner. Biontex will benefit from LGC Standards? expertise in the market for biological reference materials and LGC Standards? network of sales offices will expand the reach of our highly developed products to the global market. Our combined technical expertise will enable us to work more efficiently. Our vision is to continuously improve our non-viral carrier systems with the ultimate aim of achieving a breakthrough in gene therapy. We feel certain that with this partnership, we have taken a big step towards making this vision a reality?.

Euan O?Sullivan, Managing Director of LGC Standards, commented: ?We believe that LGC Standards and Biontex are a highly complementary fit. For LGC Standards, this partnership supports our strategy to increase our presence in the life science market, whilst strengthening our ability to meet the growing demand for biomaterials from around the world. We very much look forward to working with Stephan and his team at Biontex.?

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About LGC Standards

LGC Standards provides products and services to improve measurement and quality control within the laboratory, and is part of LGC, whose Science & Technology Division acts as the UK National Measurement Institute for chemical and bioanalytical measurements. LGC Standards supplies over 100,000 products, including reference materials, pharmaceutical impurity reference standards (produced under ISO Guide 34 accreditation), biological standards and reagents, and proficiency testing. LGC is also the exclusive European distribution partner for ATCC. LGC Standards is headquartered in Teddington, Middlesex, UK. Its global centre for excellence in proficiency testing is located in Bury (Greater Manchester). LGC Standards has offices in France, Germany, Italy, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, China, Russia, United Arab Emirates and the UK, a joint venture presence in India, and representatives in Brazil, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, the Netherlands, Romania, Turkey and the US.

About Biontex

Biontex (www.biontex.com) Laboratories GmbH was launched in 1998 as a highly innovative biotech company in the field of genetic engineering, having been one of the technology leaders in the field of transfection since 1998. The company's operations focus on transfection, a field covering the introduction of genetic material (transfection) and proteins (proteofection) into eukaryotic cells.

Biontex aims to continuously improve the success of this technology by advancing their synthetically produced carrier systems for nucleic acids and proteins and developing a variety of high-quality genetic engineering products. From the early first generation products DOTAP, INSECTOGENE and METAFECTENE® to newer more efficient and time-saving products METAFECTENE® EAST+ and METAFECTENE® SI+ and the PROTEOfectene® series, Biontex products have always focused on ease of use, high efficiency and low risk features. Current research focuses on the development of completely new strategies for maximising the transfection efficiency for all cell types ? in vivo or in vitro ? by utilising synthetic carrier components free from immunological effects.

About LGC

LGC is the international science-based company and market leader in analytical, forensic, biotechnology and diagnostic services, as well as diagnostic products, proficiency testing and reference standards. LGC operates in a variety of international markets which underpin the safety, health and security of the public and the regulation of industry, for both public and private sector clients.

LGC has five divisions - LGC Forensics, LGC Genomics, LGC Health Sciences, LGC Standards and LGC Science & Technology. The latter includes specialist laboratories delivering contracts for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and supports LGC's designated role as the UK's National Measurement Institute for chemical and bioanalytical measurement.

Our operations are extensively accredited to international quality standards such as ISO/IEC 17025. With headquarters in Teddington, South West London, the LGC Group employs over 1,700 staff in 36 laboratories and centres globally. The genesis of LGC dates back to 1842, and for more than 100 years it has been home to the UK statutory function of Government Chemist. Formerly the Laboratory of the Government Chemist, LGC was privatised in 1996 and is now majority-owned by funds managed by Bridgepoint.

For further information contact:

Amanda Russell

Marketing Manager

LGC Standards

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Tel: +44 (0)20 8943 7412
Fax: +44 (0)20 8943 2767
Email: amanda.russell@lgcstandards.com

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