Gene Express, Inc. (Gene Express) has signed a distribution agreement with Funakoshi Co.,Ltd. (Funakoshi) for the distribution of its Standardized RT-PCR reagents (StaRT-PCR) and research molecular diagnostic tools. The non-exclusive agreement provides Funakoshi with the rights to distribute in Japan.

Jonathan Rowe, chief operating officer for Gene Express stated, “The partnership between Funakoshi and Gene Express is extremely valuable as Funakoshi has the experience and capability to bring Gene Express’ patented standardized gene expression technology to Japanese researchers. We are confident that the Gene Express tests and reagents will be widely accepted in the Japanese research market.”

Ryoya Funakoshi, president & chief executive officer of Funakoshi stated “We are delighted with this distribution agreement, Gene Express’ proprietary and patented technology known as StaRT-PCR perfectly complements our range of top quality products and services, and will enable us to meet the high demand for standardization of multi-gene Transcript Abundance (TA) measurement in Japan”.