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Gentris Corporation Launches New Pharmacogenomics Services
Date:7/12/2012

's Ion Torrent Personal Genome Machine (PGM) for next generation sequencing. The Ion Torrent PGM allows for rapid, deep sequencing of large areas of the genome, which can efficiently identify both common and rare variations that may better predict the safety and efficacy of new drugs in development. Currently, Gentris is using the Ion Torrent PGM for discovery initiatives with its pharmaceutical partners as well as part of a collaboration with UNC-Chapel Hill. 

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"The expansion of our services by using these platform technologies allows us to provide our clients quality and regulated services in all phases of the clinical development pipeline," said Dr. L.Scott Clark, Gentris Chief Scientific Officer. "It's very exciting to use the Ion Torrent for discovery initiatives, because the depth of coverage and resolution can reveal new SNPs and variations that may be clinically relevant. However, these results need to be verified on a second platform which Gentris can perform because of its extensive experience with real-time PCR, Sanger sequencing, and Sequenom platforms."  

"The key to successfully implementing pharmacogenomics is to use the right platform to answer your specific question," said Dr. Howard McLeod, Director of the UNC Institute for Pharmacogenomics and Individualized Therapy and Gentris Chief Scientific Advisor. "By integrating multiple platforms, Gentris has the ability to address the needs of pharmaceutical clients during any stage in the clinical development of a drug. I'm excited to be working with them to discover, translate, and validate new biomarkers that will have an impact on patient care."

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Founded in 2001, Gentris is located in Research Triangle Park, NC, where it provides pharmacogenomics and biorepository support for all phases of clinical studies and genomic biomarker progr
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