CONTACT: Jeff Malek Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America – Process Automation PH: 847-495-6100 FAX: 847-495-6095 PFSAmarketing@us.panasonic.com
April 7, 2008 - OSAKA, Japan, and SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Panasonic System Solutions – Process Automation Co., Ltd. (PFSC), Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America – Process Automation (PSSNA-PA) and Kalypsys, Inc. announced today the establishment of a Joint Commercialization Agreement to enhance sales, marketing and application support in the North American market for a next-generation High Throughput Screening (HTS) system, now under joint development. This modular HTS system enables a drastic shortening of the drug discovery development period by screening new drug candidates (compounds) at high speed with 1536-well high-density plates.
Panasonic System Solutions – Process Automation Co., Ltd. and Kalypsys, based on a Joint Development Agreement signed in September 2006, have worked to understand the current and future needs in new drug development. Together they created and are now commercializing a new automation platform that embodies a number of new technological developments to meet these needs.
As part of this agreement, PFSC and PSSNA-PA will provide sales, marketing and maintenance for the systems. Kalypsys will furnish application solutions based on its drug discovery expertise - including assay application support and customer assay evaluation. The collaboration combines the strengths of the two companies and is expected to bring new business solutions to the life science industry. Under the agreement, Kalypsys will receive royalties on product sales during the contract term.
The modular HTS system currently under development is scheduled to make its first North American appearance at the Society for Biomolecular Sciences Conference in St. Louis in April 2008.
The modular HTS system will include the following features and functions:
1. Flexible extendibility: The module size is compactly standardized and a variety of screening-related functions are included. The system is not limited to the boundaries of current screening; it has the extendibility to be easily adapted to a wide range of assay applications in the new drug development process.
2. Highly accurate assay data acquisition and improved performance reliability: The system includes reliability-enhancing technologies such as reducing edge effect (uneven evaporation of cell culture medium within plates) as well as dispense nozzle clogging prevention and an assay data management system, which regulates the system based on assay conditions (e.g. changes in plate Z prime ).
3. Pursuit of high throughput Bidirectional conveyor belt plate-handling realizes 1 min/1536-well plate throughput with high data integrity-resulting in high-speed processing.
Through their collaboration, Panasonic System Solutions – Process Automation and Kalypsys not only offer a High Throughput Screening system that resolves current issues, they also bring together the trinity of equipment, process and solutions to provide innovative drug discovery solutions.
About Panasonic System Solutions – Process Automation
Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America – Process Automation, a North American source for electronic assembly equipment (SMT), software and technical support, provides total business systems solutions for electronic semiconductor and packaging companies in the global marketplace through one provider. PSSNA-PA is also a premier source for robotic and manual arc welding equipment to distributors, system integrators and end users.
For additional information: Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America – Process Automation, 909 Asbury Drive, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089. PFSAmarketing@us.panasonic.com PH: 847-495-6100. www.panasonicfa.com
Kalypsys is a San Diego-based pharmaceutical company that is changing the way drugs are discovered and developed. Uniting high throughput screening with high throughput biology, Kalypsys accelerates drug discovery and delivers quality compounds to the clinic. The company's discovery and clinical pipeline consists of drugs that target pain/inflammation and cardiovascular/metabolic diseases. In addition to focusing on its own products, Kalypsys partners with top-tier pharmaceutical companies to rapidly advance the identification, development and commercialization of new therapeutics.
For more information, call (858) 754-3300 or visit http://www.kalypsys.com/