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Berry & Associates, Inc. and Luminos, LLC announce Research, Supply and Marketing Agreement 

Dexter, MI and Ann Arbor, MI, January 8, 2008 - - Berry & Associates, Inc. and Luminos, LLC announce the signing of a three-year Research, Supply and Marketing Agreement.   The synthetic chemistry expertise of Berry & Associates will be partnered with the biochemical assay expertise of Luminos to develop designer reagents that enable the use of luminescent detection methodologies in novel in-vitro assays of biological and medical interest.  Upon successful completion of R&D activities, both the designer reagents and assay kits that utilize the reagents will be produced and marketed to academic and industrial research scientists.

Dr. Russell Hart, General Partner of Luminos, said of the agreement, “This is an important alliance for Michigan-based biosciences companies. It will allow the combined skills of Berry and Luminos to develop, manufacture, market and sell worldwide the next generation of detection methods for biomolecules.”

Dr. William Pearson, Vice President for Research and Development at Berry, noted that, "For nearly twenty years, we have designed and manufactured specialty chemicals at our Dexter site for use in the life sciences area, forging collaborations worldwide.  It is exciting to partner with another Michigan life sciences company, especially one that is focused on molecular detection technology.  As an outgrowth of our work in the nucleic acids area, we have considerable experience in the design and synthesis of optical tags for biomedical assays, the perfect backdrop for a collaboration with Luminos."

About Berry & Associates, Inc.

Berry & Associates, Inc., founded in 1989 and located just outside of Ann Arbor in Dexter, Michigan, is a privately held chemistry company that provides biomedical researchers with specialty nucleosides, nucleotides, and DNA/RNA synthesis monomers (phosphoramidites and solid-phase-linked reagents) as well as fluorescent markers, biotins, carbohydrates, and heterocycles.  Recent innovative products include fluorous affinity products for oligonucleotide purification and BlackBerry™ Quenchers for use in fluorogenic oligonucleotide probes.

About Luminos, LLC

Luminos LLC was founded in 2007 by three of the senior scientists from Assay Designs, Inc, two of whom were the founders of that rapidly growing company.  Luminos is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan and develops novel assay kit products for the detection of important biological molecules. 

Contacts

Berry & Associates, Inc.
Julie Olson, 734-426-3787
jolson@berryassoc.com

Luminos, LLC
Russell Hart, 734-677-1774
russ@luminosassays.com



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