New DNA Sequencing Facility Established in China Based on PacBio's SMRT Sequencing Platform

MENLO PARK, Calif. and TIANJIN, China, Oct. 27, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc., (Nasdaq:PACB) provider of the PacBio® RS II DNA Sequencing System, and Suqian Lakeside Pangu Gene Company (SLPC) announced that SLPC has established a new genomics facility with 1,500 square meters of laboratory space in the Tianjin Dong Li Lake Technology Park, dedicated to using PacBio Single Molecule, Real-Time (SMRT®) Sequencing as the major sequencing platform for its translational medicine research projects.

"Our goal is to become an innovative high-tech enterprise," stated founder and CEO of SLPC, Dr. Zhang Yaozhou. "I believe that PacBio's platform provides the most complete and accurate sequencing data, and we are committed to applying this technology toward the improvement of human health."

SLPC purchased four PacBio RS II Sequencing Systems earlier this year and recently installed them at their newly dedicated facility. The company ultimately intends to focus on applications such as molecular-based approaches for early diagnosis of cancers, disease recurrence control and drug efficacy evaluation.

Ram Laxman, Ph.D., President & General Manager, Asia Pacific for Pacific Biosciences commented: "SLPC's investment in the PacBio RS II systems for human and other large genome sequencing follows a growing trend of researchers adopting the SMRT Sequencing technology to generate highly accurate complete genomes."

About the PacBio RS II and SMRT Sequencing

Pacific Biosciences' SMRT Sequencing technology achieves the industry's longest read lengths, highest consensus accuracy, and the least degree of bias. These characteristics, combined with the ability to detect many types of DNA base modifications (e.g., methylation) as part of the sequencing process, make the PacBio RS II an essential tool for many scientists studying genetic and genomic variation. The PacBio platform provides a sequencing solution that can address a growing number of complex medical, agricultural, and industrial problems.

About Pacific Biosciences

Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc. (Nasdaq:PACB) offers the PacBio RS II DNA Sequencing System to help scientists solve genetically complex problems. Based on its novel Single Molecule, Real-Time (SMRT) technology, the company's products enable: targeted sequencing to more comprehensively characterize genetic variations; de novo genome assembly to more fully identify, annotate, and decipher genomic structures; and DNA base modification identification to help characterize epigenetic regulation and DNA damage. By providing access to information that was previously inaccessible, Pacific Biosciences enables scientists to increase their understanding of biological systems. More information is available at www.pacb.com

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