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QIAGEN Unveils Sample-to-Result Next-Generation Sequencing Workflow Designed for Clinical Research and Diagnostics
Date:2/20/2013

dedicated QIAGEN software solution for user-friendly and automated result analysis.

A key element of QIAGEN's NGS workflow is GeneReader, a transformational NGS benchtop sequencer that offers many features essential for customers in clinical research and diagnostics to create routine laboratory processes. Unlike competitors' existing NGS platforms, which process only one flow cell at a time and often require sample pooling for cost-efficient runs, the GeneReader NGS sequencer has a turntable design that enables the continuous loading of up to 20 flow cells for independent and parallel sequencing. Individual patient samples also can be handled cost-efficiently without the need for indexing or bar-coding, which means processing can occur at any time, and in any order, without delay or concerns about potential regulatory issues.

QIAGEN has exclusively licensed sequencing-by-synthesis (SBS) chemistry for its NGS workflow, which allows for very cost-efficient runs due to a unique combination of dark and fluorophore-labeled "terminator nucleotides." This chemistry provides state-of-the-art sequencing accuracy with difficult DNA motifs such as DNA homopolymers, which are known to be problematic for competitor sequencing chemistries.

The NGS workflow development program is on track and currently in the "verification phase" of development, with testing under way to ensure that performance and reliability match customer expectations. A version of the NGS workflow based on the modular QIAsymphony® automation platform also is under development. In addition, QIAGEN is collaborating with SAP AG on bioinformatics efforts aimed at significantly reducing the time required for the analysis of sequencing data through the use of the SAP HANA® platform.

New "universal" consumable NGS products launched

QIAGEN has launched two additional "universal" NGS consumable solutions that are compatible with current NG
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