Hamilton Robotics Partners with Illumina to Automate Sample Preparation for Next-Generation Sequencing

  Hamilton Robotics Partners with Illumina to Automate Sample Preparation for
  Next-Generation Sequencing

 Leaders in liquid handling robotics and sequencing team up to significantly
          reduce bottlenecks and improve results in NGS applications

Business Wire

RENO, Nev. -- May 31, 2013

Hamilton Robotics, as part of its co-marketing partnership with Illumina, is
developing automated solutions for NGS sample preparation that reduce hands-on
time, minimize operational variability, and deliver consistent results.
Illumina is providing input on the protocols and assay performance. Solutions
will include an NGS workstation and methods for Illumina's sample prep kits.

This collaboration will enable customers to seamlessly and completely automate
the upstream sample preparation of the NGS workflow using Hamilton's
higher-throughput Microlab^® STAR pipetting workstation or its affordable,
benchtop NIMBUS™ NGS Workstation with Illumina's sample preparation kits. The
solutions will be jointly marketed and sold separately.

“Fully automating Illumina's sample prep kits will greatly reduce manual
pipetting time and improve library consistency,” said Peter Fromen, Senior
Director, Product Marketing and Market Development at Illumina. “We are
pleased to see our TruSeq® and Nextera® kits automated on Hamilton's
market-leading platforms. Hamilton's methods will make it easier and faster
for customers to use automation.”

Initial development of Hamilton's NGS workstations will begin with
standardized deck placement options and dedicated software with a graphical
user interface (GUI) for easy automation setup and simple user control.
Hamilton robotic workstations offer outstanding accuracy, precision, and
low-volume pipetting, and Hamilton’s verified methods and modular, flexible
hardware have led to popular application-based, standard-catalog solutions.

“Hamilton robotic workstations use proprietary pipetting technologies to speed
and improve the liquid handling process. Illumina customers will now be able
to get started more quickly with pre-designed workstations and software, and
they won’t have to deal with complex installations and lead times,” said Dr.
Jose Carle, Vice President at Hamilton Robotics.

Methods for TruSeq Total Stranded RNA kits will be developed first and are
expected to launch this summer, followed by other methods later in the year.

About the Hamilton Microlab NIMBUS and STAR Workstations: The NIMBUS
Workstation is a smaller, personal liquid handling system designed to
accommodate all sample prep needs for next-generation sequencers at a more
affordable price point, without losing the functionality of the
higher-throughput Microlab STAR Workstations. For more information, visit the
Hamilton Robotics website.

About Hamilton Robotics

Hamilton Company is a global leader in the design and manufacture of liquid
handling, process measurement, robotics and storage solutions, serving
customers in academic and private research laboratories, pharmaceutical and
clinical diagnostic companies and government institutions. Hamilton maintains
headquarters in Reno, Nevada, Franklin, Massachusetts, and Bonaduz,
Switzerland, along with subsidiary offices throughout the world. For over 60
years, the company has maintained its commitment to building precision and
quality into every product. Hamilton is a privately held company with ISO 9001
certification. For more information, please visit www.hamiltonrobotics.com.

Products are for life science research only. Not for use in diagnostic

TruSeq is a trademark of Illumina, Inc.

All other trademarks are owned and/or registered by Hamilton Company in the
U.S. and/or other countries. For details visit


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