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Canon BioMedical Expands Assays To Support Genetic Researchers

An additional 72 Novallele genotyping assays are now available, including two novel assays detecting mitochondrial mutations

MELVILLE, N.Y., January 19, 2016 Focusing on targets relevant to researchers, Canon BioMedical is excited to announce the addition of 72 new assays to the Novallele genotyping library. Included in this expansion are two novel assays, MELAS m.3243A>G Novallele Genotyping Assay and LHON m.11778G>A Novallele Genotyping Assay, that detect mutations in mitochondrial DNA. Providing scientists a fast and simple method to detect single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), these assays distinguish mutations that may play a role in mitochondrial disease.

Mitochondrial diseases are hard to identify because they affect individuals differently. Simple and easy diagnosis options are currently unavailable, and those afflicted undergo intense and extensive examination to receive a diagnosis. The new assays offered by Canon BioMedical support researchers and their objective of understanding the genetic basis of these complex diseases. The new MELAS m.3243A>G Novallele Genotyping Assay detects a SNP of the MELAS gene, which may play a role in the MELAS disorder. Additionally, the LHON m.11778G>A Novallele Genotyping Assay detects a SNP of the LHON gene, which may play a role in Leber hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON).

The Novallele genotyping assays detect genetic variations using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) followed by high-resolution melting (HRM) analysis on any thermocycler capable of HRM. All Novallele genotyping assays are functionally verified and focus on relevant genotypes to genetic researchers working to improve health and advance science.

“After launching our first assays in September, we continue to actively understand and focus on areas of discovery that are challenging for researchers,” shares Akiko Tanaka, president and CEO of Canon BioMedical. “Our goal is to develop genotyping tools that address all types of genetic variation pertinent to human health, and our assays detecting mitochondrial DNA mutations exemplify our capabilities to help researchers with this type of genetic research.”

Full details about these new products are available at www.canon-biomedical.com. In addition, Canon BioMedical will present the expanded Novallele genotyping library at the American College of Human Genetics in Tampa, Florida on March 9 as well as the Molecular Medicine Tri-Conference in San Francisco, California on March 8.

About Canon BioMedical, Inc.
Canon BioMedical, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., Inc., is focused on empowering the biomedical research and healthcare communities by developing, manufacturing, and marketing innovative technologies and solutions. The technologies and solutions developed will help enable clinicians and scientists to improve our health and advance science. Canon BioMedical will continue to pursue innovative solutions in line with Canon’s Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility through the use of existing and emerging Canon technology as well as strategic partnerships.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions to the United States and to Latin America and the Caribbean (excluding Mexico) markets. With approximately $31 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents granted in 2014† and is one of Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies in 2015. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. In 2014, the Canon Americas Headquarters secured LEED® Gold certification, a recognition for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of high-performance green buildings. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss and follow us on Twitter @CanonUSA. For media inquiries, please contact pr@cusa.canon.com.


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