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Agilent Technologies obtains multicolor, CGH microarray licenses from Abbott Molecular


PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 30, 2006

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced it has obtained worldwide, non-exclusive patent licenses from Abbott Molecular Inc. for the manufacture, marketing and sale of oligonucleotide microarrays using a two-or-more color technology for gene expression and comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) applications.

This broad license covers microarray applications, including research, commercial laboratories and in vitro diagnostics. Expressly built into the grant of rights are related products, instruments, components and services. Details of the licensing agreement were not disclosed.

“This intellectual property complements other recent Agilent investments in microarray fabrication technology and software,” said Nick Roelofs, vice president and general manager of Agilent’s Life Sciences Solutions Unit. “Our intent is to help researchers unlock the full potential of genomics.”

About the Technology

Oligonucleotide microarrays comprise short sequences of nucleotides, often used as probes for detecting complementary DNA or RNA. Array CGH technology provides a way of studying chromosomal aberrations, including copy number changes and rearrangements, across the entire genome simultaneously. Ultimately, this information can be used to determine gene activity or to pinpoint chromosomal abnormalities such as gains or losses associated with disease states.

About Agilent in Genomics

Agilent is a leading worldwide provider of microarray-based genomics research solutions. Agilent’s product portfolio includes reagents for sample preparation and microarray processing; systems for sample QC and high-throughput microarray scanning; 60-mer oligo microarrays, custom microarray design services; and industry-leading informatics tools, including GeneSpring and Rosetta Resolver.
About Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world’s premier measurement company and a technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company’s 20,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $5.1 billion in fiscal 2005. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at


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