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AKESOgen receives State of California Licensure to offer Clinical Testing

Atlanta, GA – 2nd October, 2014— Personalized medicine and genomics company AKESOgen today announced that its CLIA-compliant laboratory has received the California Clinical Laboratory License, which will allow the company to perform its oncology testing services on patient samples from the state of California.

The Georgia based company said in a statement that it believes its cytogenomics tests for a wide spectrum of solid and liquid tumors will be of particular benefit to the state –as the test is offered as a complement to NGS clinical oncology testing.

“This endorsement by the State of California for AKESOgen provide our comprehensive oncology tests and services gives AKESOgen access to the single largest US oncology diagnostics market, and will help accelerate our commercial growth in this sector.” said Mark Bouzyk, CSO of AKESOgen.

About AKESOgen, Inc.
AKESOgen is an integrated genomics, genetics and biobanking company that services the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, clinical, academic, and government sectors for clinical trials, diagnostic clinical testing and research. Based in Atlanta USA, the company’s main focus is oncology and personalized medicine. AKESOgen’s services include providing high-throughput, biomarker profiling, cytogenetic arrays and genomics analysis utilizing different types of markers (e.g. DNA, mRNA, miRNA, and methylation) to CLIA/GLP standards. For more information, visit www.akesogen.com.

Media Contacts:

Mark Bouzyk, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer. AKESOgen, Inc. +1 770-542-0890 ext 101 (office), or mbouzyk@akesogen.com

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AKESOgen helps Toronto Police Service Solve Cold Cases

TPS recently partnered with two US partners —AKESOgen, a genomics company; and Identitas, a DNA profiling company. Neither of these companies have worked with police before, Borg says, but they say they’ll be able to do something unique with TPS’s cold case DNA evidence: create police sketches. If all goes as planned, Borg says TPS will be able to pinpoint ancestral information, hair color, eye color, and ethnicity of the people whose DNA evidence was found at murder scenes years ago.  More…

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AKESOgen, Inc. Announces the Appointment of Barbara Glazer to Director, Compliance & Clinical Trial Project Management.

AKESOgen, Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Barbara Glazer to the position of Director, Compliance & Clinical Trial Project Management. Ms. Glazer graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and has had a career as a laboratorian, building on experience in hospital and reference laboratories to move into clinical trials project management and operations management where she served for 17 years at Quintiles Laboratories. Ms. Glazer led one of the first biobanks to achieve College of American Pathologists (CAP) accreditation for biorepositories and is a member of the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) and the Biospecimen Science working group. Ms. Glazer’s presentations have included Quality Management Systems shipping and logistics of biological samples, among others. Additionally, she is Chair of the Advisory Board at Atlanta Technical College Bioscience Technology.

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AKESOgen launches Clinical Oncology Molecular Cytogenomics Microarray Test

Atlanta, GA – 1st April, 2014— Personalized medicine and genomics company AKESOgen today announced that its CLIA-compliant laboratory has launched a new clinically validated cytogenomics microarray test. The test measures Copy Number Alterations (CNAs) across the genome utilizing Illumina’s CytoSNP 850K beadarray. The assay is validated across a wide spectrum of cancers e.g. solid tumors including breast, lung, brain and liquid tumors such as leukemias and lymphomas. It is also validated using a wide variety of starting materials including FFPE tissue, blood and bone marrow.

“We are delighted to launch our cytogenomic array test as it has enormous clinical utility – for prognosis and clinical work up. We believe we are the only commercial laboratory in the USA running this test on the Illumina platform utilizing FFPE tissue.” said Mark Bouzyk, CSO of AKESOgen.

About AKESOgen, Inc.
AKESOgen is an integrated genomics, genetics and biobanking company that services the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, clinical, academic, and government sectors for clinical trials, diagnostic clinical testing and research. Based in Atlanta USA, the company’s main focus is oncology and personalized medicine. AKESOgen’s services include providing high-throughput, biomarker profiling, cytogenetic arrays and genomics analysis utilizing different types of markers (e.g. DNA, mRNA, miRNA, and methylation) to CLIA/GLP standards. For more information, visit www.akesogen.com.

Media Contacts:

Mark Bouzyk, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer. AKESOgen, Inc. +1 770-542-0890 ext 101 (office), or mbouzyk@akesogen.com

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AKESOgen honored by Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce

Gwinnett Businesses Honored During

Annual New Company Reception

Partnership Gwinnett celebrates job creation, investment in County

 

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) February 21, 2014 – Partnership Gwinnett and Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development joined more than 70 business and community leaders for its annual New Company Reception last night. The event, designed to celebrate the County’s relocated or expanded businesses, recognized 16 Gwinnett companies for their growth, success, and investment in the County during 2013.

“We are proud of our proactive efforts to build and support economic development initiatives throughout the County. A result of this work is the success stories of these growing companies,” commented Gwinnett County Board of Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash, who also attended the event. “We welcome each of them to Gwinnett County and celebrate their contributions to our business community.”

Attendees included representatives from 4P Therapeutics, AKESOgen, Eagle Rock Distributing Company, Image Manufacturing Group, Lapp Group, NexxLinx, Perfetta, SolarMax, The Dennis Group, LLC, UPS Supply Chain Solutions, VetConnexx, and xpedx. The reception provided a platform for the companies to share reasons for their decision to expand within or relocate to the metro Atlanta community.

Dr. Mark Bouzyk, Chief Scientific Officer for AKESOgen, Inc., shared, “The County’s location in the center of Georgia’s Innovation Crescent, along with its close proximity to top-ranked education institutions, were deciding factors in our decision to remain and grow in the community. Our expanded Gwinnett location will allow us to develop new products, expand our capabilities, and reach new markets.” A genomics and biorepository services company, AKESOgen announced its expansion into a nearly 14,000-square-foot facility in December, and plans to add up to ten employees during 2014.

New and expanding small businesses and startup companies were also in attendance, including the 2013 Amazing Entrepreneur winner, Palmetto Grant Consulting; 2013 Amazing Entrepreneur finalist, Flairtab; and coworking support services, NEX Labs, Inc. and the Work Spot.

“The numerous resources and support services offered throughout Gwinnett County proved invaluable during the beginning stages of our business development. We are proud to be a part of a community that recognizes the important role small businesses and entrepreurs play in economic stability and success,” commented Susan Bacon, Founder and President of Palmetto Grant Consulting.

The County’s community and economic development initiative, Partnership Gwinnett, was launched in 2007 to recruit, retain, and attract business to the community. In 2013, the initiative assisted in 22 relocations or expansions, facilitating 1,594 new jobs and more than $44 million in investment for Gwinnett County.

“We are pleased to recognize the contributions of these companies to Gwinnett’s economic prosperity,” stated Randy Dellinger, Gwinnett District Manager for Jackson EMC and 2014 Partnership Gwinnett Chairman. “The Partnership Gwinnett team continually works to showcase and promote Gwinnett’s many assets to new and expanding companies, and we look forward to continued success moving into the new year.”

To learn more about the efforts of the award-winning Partnership Gwinnett initiative, please visit www.partnershipgwinnett.com.

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 About Partnership Gwinnett

Partnership Gwinnett is Gwinnett’s economic and community development initiative. Led by the Gwinnett Chamber and a host of public and private partners, the initiative targets the retention and expansion of existing Gwinnett businesses in addition to the development of new business in five key market segments: Information &Technology Solutions; Health Sciences & Services; Headquarters & Professional Services; Supply Chain Management; and Advanced Manufacturing. The ultimate goal is to promote comprehensive economic development, increase education and workforce excellence, and support community and leadership development for the entire Gwinnett community. For more information on Partnership Gwinnett, the internationally award-winning community and economic development initiative, please visit www.partnershipgwinnett.com.

Media Contact

Sasha Ugi | Sasha@gwinnettchamber.org | 678.584.2261

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AKESOgen completes 25,000 Nucleic Acid extractions in 18 months

AKESOgen completes 25,000 Nucleic Acid extractions in 18 months. “We are delighted to announce this important milestone in our DNA and RNA extraction services. During this time we have isolated, quantified and normalized DNA and RNA from sources as diverse as saliva, whole blood, buffy coat, buccal cells and paraffin embedded formalin fixed tissue for a multitude of projects. We anticipate this volume will increase in the coming months with several important projects in our pipeline.” commented Dr. Dawen Xie, Senior Director, Scientific Affairs. 

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Dr. Hywel Jones appointed to Board of Directors.

AKESOgen, Inc. is pleased to announce that Dr. Hywel Jones has joined AKESOgen’s board of directors.  Mr. Jones is currently the President and CEO of Singular Bio, Inc.  Dr. Jones brings over 20 years of experience within the field of personalized medicine, molecular diagnostics, and platform technologies.  He currently resides in San Francisco, CA.

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