Companies


WaferGen SmartChip TE™ – a PCR-based approach to target enrichment 2

WaferGen is a California Bay-Area company that originally developed an idea similar to BioTrove, which was to create a solid substrate with nanoliter-sized wells for high throughput real-time PCR. WaferGen’s SmartChip™ has 5,184 wells (that’s a 54 multiple of 96), while BioTrove’s OpenArray™ has 3,072 (that’s a 32 multiple of […]


Nabsys single molecule mapping technology

Another interesting single-molecule technology is a company out of Providence (RI) called Nabsys. For several years I had heard the name involved in developing single-molecule sequencing technology, and this technology will start its initial product around genomic mapping, rather than sequencing. For background on genomic mapping and CNV analysis along […]


Charting a course for genomic medicine

Personal Genomics and the Future of Healthcare 1

“The future is already here – it is just not very evenly distributed.” William Gibson, author of Neuromancer and the person who coined the term ‘cyberspace’. Way back in 2006 or so when I was working for Illumina, the personal genetics firm 23andMe launched their whole-genome genotyping service (called ‘Genetic Testing […]


Formulatrix and an inexpensive digital PCR for NGS library quantitation 1

The American Society for Human Genetics 2013 Annual Meeting was held this week in Boston. Starting from Tuesday and going through Saturday, there are ancillary meetings both before and after (and Life Technologies had an Ion World event the two days prior). As one of the two ‘main event’ trade-show […]

Formulatrix Digital PCR Plate

The Fluidigm C1™ Single Cell Auto Prep System 1

Every human being came from a single cell. While that fact may not be so obvious in our day-to-day routine, the power of a single cell is observed with the burst of research activity in stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells (and also see the Nobel Prize winner for […]