Full Complement of Alpaqua Magnet Plates to be Distributed by NimaGen to the European Scientific Community

Beverly, MA, USA and Nijmegen, the Netherlands.  Alpaqua Engineering, LLC, a provider of innovative genomic tools and solutions, announces today it has entered into a non-exclusive distribution agreement with NimaGen, B.V., a leading provider of high quality, molecular biology products.  In the terms of the agreement, NimaGen will distribute Alpaqua’s full line of magnet plates and automation accessories in the European Union and certain neighboring countries.

The Alpaqua line of innovative 24-, 96-, and 384-well magnet plates contains patented spring cushion technology and unique magnet configurations that provide for superior, more rapid magnetic bead separations compared with standard magnet plates. Alpaqua magnet plates, including its latest addition, the Magnum™ EX, a 96-well, universal magnet plate, are used by leading biotechnology companies and genome centers as an integral part of their magnetic bead-based nucleic acid isolation applications such as next generation sequencing (NGS), DNA and RNA extraction, sequencing and PCR clean up, and exome capture.

NimaGen is headquartered in Nijmegen, Netherlands, and is dedicated to delivering premium products to the European molecular biology and sequencing communities. Alpaqua magnet plates complement several key NimaGen products based on magnetic bead separation including the D-pure™ DyeTerminator Removal Kit and AmpliClean™ Magnetic Bead-based PCR Cleanup Kit.

“Alpaqua magnet plates are a natural fit with many of NimaGen’s nucleic acid isolation and sequencing kits,” says Ruud van der Steen, NimaGen’s Chief Executive Officer.  “We strive to offer complete molecular biology solutions to our diagnostic and life science customers. Our partnership with Alpaqua strengthens our line of reagents and allows us to bring even more comprehensive, high performance sequencing solutions to our customers.”

“This agreement allows Alpaqua to bring its vision of accelerating genomic discovery to a wider audience,” says Olaf Stelling, Alpaqua’s Founder. “We recognize the importance of genomic research being conducted in the European community and are excited to be working with NimaGen to better reach those scientists.”

About Alpaqua

Alpaqua Engineering, founded in 2006, is a global provider of tools and solutions for accelerating genomic discovery with headquarters in Beverly, Massachusetts. The company offers quality products that facilitate genomic applications such as next generation sequencing (NGS), nucleic acid extraction and clean up, exome capture, and molecular diagnostics. Alpaqua’s portfolio of products include innovative, high performance magnet plates containing patented* spring cushion technology, temperature blocks, SBS tube racks, Alpillo® microplate holders, and other automation accessories. * Spring cushion technology is covered by US Patent 6,755,384. For more information, please visit

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About Nimagen

NimaGen, founded in 2011, is dedicated to deliver premium quality products for the molecular biology sector. One of their first featured concepts was prespotted primer PCR plates for the mutation screening in BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. Over several years Nimagen has expanded their product portfolio and now has a strong focus on capillary electrophoresis kits and consumables for DyeTerminator sequencing and fragment analysis applications. Included in this portfolio are several magnetic bead-based purification consumables for the cleanup of DyeTerminator and PCR reactions.

Alpaqua and Alpillo are registered trademarks of Alpaqua Engineering, LLC. Accelerating Genomic Discovery and Magnum are trademarks of Alpaqua Engineering, LLC. D-pure and AmpliClean are trademarks of Nimagen, B.V.

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Alpaqua Engineering, LLC
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Nimagen, B.V.
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