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eGene Inc. Will Introduce the First Automated HLA SSP Genotyping System at the 2006 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics in San Diego, California, October 16-20, 2006.

IRVINE, Calif. -- eGene Inc. (OTCBB:EGEI), developer of a revolutionary high-performance genetic analysis technology, today announced that it will introduce the first automated HLA SSP genotyping system at the 32nd annual meeting of The American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ASHI) at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina in San Diego, California, on October 16-20, 2006.

Ming S. Liu, CEO of eGene, made the announcement noting: "eGene's HLA SSP digital genotyping technology will benefit HLA (human leukocyte antigen) genotyping analysis by not only replacing labor-intensive slab gel electrophoresis methods but also simplifying and digitalizing the tedious data process work. eGene will attend this meeting to introduce our products to HLA laboratories. We will host a customer presentation and live system demonstrations during this meeting, so people can experience first-hand our automated genotyping technology. Our automated HDA-GT12 genetic analyzer has already been used by HLA lab in the City of Hope Hospital National Medical Center for more than 30,000 tests per month. There are nearly 600 HLA laboratories worldwide routinely checking the individual HLA genotype for organ and bone marrow transplantation. We believe our automatic, affordable, user-friendly genotyping system represents the future of HLA genotyping analysis."

eGene's Booth Number is 512.

About ASHI

ASHI (www.ashi-hla.org) is a not-for-profit association of clinical and research professionals including immunologists, geneticists, molecular biologists, transplant physicians and surgeons, pathologists and technologists. As a professional society involved in histocompatibility, immunogenetics and transplantation, ASHI is dedicated to advancing the science and application of histocompatibility and immunogenetics; providing a forum for the exchange of information; and advocating the highest standards of laboratory testing in the interest of optimal patient care.

ASHI is a member of the United Network for Organ Sharing and has liaisons with several other scientific and medical organizations including the College of American Pathologists, American Association of Blood Banks, American Association of Tissue Banks, American Society of Human Genetics, the National Marrow Donor Program, American Board of Transplant Coordinators, North American Transplant Coordinators Organization, American Society of Transplant Physicians, American Society of Transplant Surgeons, and the American Board of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics.

About eGene Inc.

eGene Inc. (www.egeneinc.com) focuses its core technologies of capillary electrophoresis, microfluidics, liquid handling and automation to develop and manufacture low-cost microfluidic, miniaturized digital genetic analyzer systems, software and consumables for biological materials testing applications. These products detect, quantify, identify and characterize DNA and RNA at high rates of specificity and sensitivity while automating routine and non-routine laboratory and industrial procedures critical to product safety, development quality and productivity.

eGene's HDA-GT12(TM) Genetic Analyzer is in use at more than 100 hospitals and research centers worldwide. The system analyzes genetic fingerprinting of living organisms through microsatellites, AFLP and RFLP. It performs fast DNA sample screening and high-resolution DNA fragment analysis (2-5bp). The system also analyzes the quality and quantity of total RNA and cRNA, determines the efficiency of cRNA and cDNA amplification reactions and ensures quality of fragmented cRNA. The company sells cartridges that are specific to the type of analysis to be performed. All data is then received in digital form for appropriate transmission and storage.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are made based on management's current expectations and beliefs. Actual results may vary from those currently anticipated based upon a number of factors. The Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revision, which may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof.
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