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New Siemens - Illumina Partnership Targets Clinical Infectious Disease Testing Using Next-Generation Sequencing
Date:11/2/2011

SAN DIEGO and TARRYTOWN, N.Y., Nov. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics (NYSE: SI) and Illumina have entered into a partnership aimed at setting new standards in the use of next-generation sequencing for the rapid, accurate identification of patients' infectious disease states and potential treatment paths. Through this agreement, the companies plan to make existing Siemens molecular HIV tests compatible with the recently launched Illumina MiSeq next-generation sequencing platform, with the ultimate goal of introducing breakthrough sequencing-based infectious disease assays for the clinical diagnostics market.

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"Next-generation sequencing is a transformational technology that we believe will significantly impact clinical diagnostics over the next five years," said Michael Reitermann, CEO, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics. "Our partnership with Illumina brings together two innovation leaders to set a new standard of care in the next wave of clinical diagnostics and personalized medicine."

Next-generation genome sequencing (DNA sequencing) is the determination of the precise sequence of nucleotides in a sample of DNA. These data points help provide physicians with deeper insights into patients' genetic characteristics, including suitability to drug regimens based on the genetic profile of an infectious disease; source of infection and insights into treatment directions; and personalized medicine status – both current disease state and susceptibility to future disease. According to a recent report in Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News, Scientia Advisors estimates the next-generation sequencing market could reach $1.5 billion in sales by 2014, with a
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