Almost a year ago I wrote up this post about a startup called BioNano Genomics, which was hard at work launching a nanofluidic device and scanner called the Irys™. At February’s AGBT meeting in Marco Island (FL), they presented a scientific poster about the spider mite genome. Tetranychus urticae has […]
FFPE (Formalin-fixed paraffin embedded) tissues are standard preparations in the clinical world. It has been estimated that there are millions of FFPE samples stored in countless hospital laboratories and research pathology groups, all part of a standard operating procedure among pathologists and other hospital personnel. These tissue samples are embedded […]
A few weeks ago at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Summit in San Francisco, Illumina announced that they acquired a startup company called Moleculo that provides virtual long reads of 8 to 10kb. Single molecule sequencing will provide long reads (Pacific Bioscience’s RS will now go out to 5kb, although the […]
In contrast to BioNano Genomics, who is starting commercialization with early access customers now and full commercial launch in the Spring of 2013, OpGen launched the Argus™ Optical Mapping system in the summer of 2010. Their customers use this system for microbial strain mapping, mainly for infectious disease research or […]
This past week I attended the Cambridge Healthtech Institute’s “Applying Next Generation Sequencing” meeting in Providence R.I. Attendance was down which is an indicator of the maturity of NGS technology, constrained travel budgets, or an oversupply of NGS conferences, and probably a combination of all three.