Golden Helix Establishes Direct Presence in Japan

Bozeman, MT (June 13, 2012) — Golden Helix has established a representative office in Japan and has selected Filgen, Inc. as its exclusive distributor for the territory. Filgen will work directly with Golden Helix Japan to market and support its flagship product, SNP & Variation Suite (SVS). The software offers several packages to facilitate SNP, copy number, and next-generation sequencing data analyses.

“We are excited to enter the Japanese life sciences market, as our products align with the high-quality genetic analysis work being done in Japan,” said Andy Ferrin, Senior Vice-President of Business Development at Golden Helix. “Having a local office supported by an experienced distributor like Filgen will enable us to better serve our customer base.”

Japan has been a key area of opportunity for Golden Helix, constituting one of the countries most focused on advancing genomic studies. “Having a local office will help Golden Helix take up a strong position in this important market by showing its commitment to this extremely demanding customer base,” said David Leangen, the newly appointed Country Manager for Golden Helix Japan.

Says Manabu Harada, Vice-President of Filgen: “Our company is one of the leading providers of life science products and services in Japan. Our customers expect a high level of quality from our offerings, and SVS fits that bill. Filgen looks forward to working with Golden Helix Japan’s Representative Office and is thrilled to have found a partner in this arena with such an intuitive and powerful product.”

About Golden Helix
Golden Helix is a leading bioinformatics organization, specializing in sequence and array-based SNP and copy number analysis, genetic association software, and analytic services. Our innovative technologies empower scientists to determine the genetic causes of disease, transform drug discovery, develop genetic diagnostics, and advance the quest for personalized medicine. Used by hundreds of researchers at the world’s top pharmaceutical, biotech, and academic research organizations, Golden Helix products and services have been cited in over 600 peer-reviewed publications.

About Filgen Inc.
Filgen Inc. engages in the development, manufacturing, and sales of science research equipment and provides biotechnology analysis services to the life sciences market. The company offers nano-science products, such as ultraviolet radiation ozone cleaner, spectrum osmium, dipping device, plasma film manufacture device, simple dipping device, and electron microscope trust photographing service. Filgen Inc. was founded in 2004 and is based in Nagoya, Japan. Learn more at


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