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NorDiag ASA and Xiril AG launches Bullet Pro

NorDiag ASA and Xiril AG are planning to launch the Bullet Pro, an advanced high throughput sample preparation instrument. Xiril has developed additional features to NorDiag's Bullet instrument, and Xiril and NorDiag have agreed to extend and amended their current OEM supply agreement to include the upgraded version, the Bullet Pro. NorDiag will sell the instrument under its own brand name. 

NorDiag has experienced stronger competition in the high throughput segment during the last two years, and has been working on an improved offering.  Mårten Wigstøl, CEO of NorDiag said: "We have recently conducted an industry survey to detect what the customers want in a high throughput sample preparation solution. Xiril has further developed its Neon platform to fit our criteria and the customers needs, and we are pleased to be first out with the what we consider as the best stand alone high throughput sample preparation solution in the market with respect to features and price".

The agreement includes OEM supply of the enhanced high throughput instrument, which will have attractive features such as processing of primary tubes, PCR set up, HEPA filter and UV light. In addition, NorDiag has a strong and flexible application menu that is already established in the high throughput segment.

NorDiag expects to be able to sell several systems in 2012. The instrument will be launched at the ECCMID conference 31st March in London, UK.

Dr. Juergen Lindemeier, CEO of Xiril comments: "We are excited to be part of this expanding business cooperation with NorDiag and are fully supporting the launch of the Bullet Pro. This is important for Xiril, as it also demonstrates our advantages and we look much forward to the feedback from the market".

Xiril and NorDiag will also look at potential distribution channels for the Bullet Pro and its applications in order to drive higher sales volumes.  

For further information, please contact:
CEO Mårten Wigstøl, Phone: +47 911 65775
CFO Tone Kvåle, Phone: +47 915 19576
About NorDiag:
NorDiag is a biotechnology company developing, manufacturing and marketing automated solutions (instruments and reagents) for sample preparation of DNAfrom difficult biological samples. DNA diagnostics give more rapid and precise answers, and are the fastest growing field within diagnostics. The Company's sample preparation solutions are today used in connection with STI, tuberculosis, MRSA, respiratory pathogens and viruses on instruments for large and small laboratories. NorDiag was founded in 2003 and has its headquarters in
Oslo, Norway. The Company has offices and laboratories in Stockholm, Sweden and in Atlanta (GA), USA. The group has today 31.6 man-labour years. NorDiag is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange with ticker NORD.
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About Xiril:
Xiril AG is a Swiss company founded in 2001 by a team of experts with more than 25 years of liquid handling experience, who are committed to the development of automated systems and solutions for Life Science and Diagnostic applications. Xiril robotic workstations address the cost pressure in modern high throughput labs. The unique combination of liquid handling and robotic manipulation incorporated into the same robotic arm address many applications, such as sample preparation and PCR setup. Xiril's series of liquid handling robotic workstations provides precision, robustness, cost efficiency and ease of use to cope with these needs.

Read the notice in Norwegian here.