Applied Biosystems announces $250,000 grant program for SNP genotyping studies

FOSTER CITY, CA Applied Biosystems Group (NYSE:ABI), an Applera Corporation business, today announced a new grant program open to individuals, institutions and corporations conducting genotyping research using single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). The grant recipient will receive up to $250,000 in Applied Biosystems products for SNP genotyping.

The winning proposal for the Applied Biosystems SNP Genotyping Research Grant will be selected by a panel of scientific experts, including scientists from Applied Biosystems, as well as external judges to be announced at a later date. Interested parties can submit a one- to two-page proposal outlining the goals of their SNP genotyping project and specific research needs. Application forms are available at http://www.allsnps.com. Deadline for submission is April 20, 2003. The winning grant recipient will be announced in mid-May 2003.

"We hope this grant program will encourage innovative research in the exciting, growing field of SNP genotyping," said Michael W. Hunkapiller, Ph.D., President of Applied Biosystems. "As a leading provider of tools and services for life science research, and with the availability of our recent offerings for SNP genotyping, we look forward to stimulating further advancements in this field."

The Applied Biosystems Grant Program will provide the grant recipient with a range of products to choose from within the Sequence Detection System product line for SNP genotyping, including Assays-on-DemandTM products ready-to-use, functionally validated assays for nearly 130,000 human SNPs; and instruments for SNP-based genotyping, including Sequence Detection Systems that enable detection of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) using the fluorogenic 5' nuclease assay with TaqMan chemistry.



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