iGenomics to Purchase 32 Ion Proton™ Next-Generation Sequencers
Guangzhou-based startup chooses Ion Torrent for superior speed and flexibility
CARLSBAD, Calif., Sept. 24, 2013
CARLSBAD, Calif., Sept. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Life Technologies Corporation
(NASDAQ: LIFE) today announced that iGenomics, a privately held diagnostic
service company based in Guangzhou, China, purchased 17 Ion Proton™ sequencers
and plans to add 15 more instruments by the end of the year. iGenomics, which
also signed a licensing and supply agreement with Life Technologies, will
initially use the sequencers for research in aneuploidy screening, but plans
to expand into other research applications.
iGenomics performed more than 200 sequencing runs on Ion Proton™ sequencers
over the last six months with an optimized protocol that consistently delivers
well over 80 million high-quality, high-accuracy sequencing reads per run on
the Ion PI chips and up to six runs in a single day.
"We've looked closely at all the platforms in the next-generation sequencing
space and only Ion Torrent delivers the speed, accuracy and flexibility we
need to be competitive at a price that makes economic sense for us as a
startup," said iGenomics CEO Shengyu Huang. "We see a huge growth opportunity
in sequencing and believe that Ion Torrent provides the ideal technology to
help us quickly expand and compete in this market today and in the future."
"As the CEO of Daan Gene, I've worked closely with Life Technologies for many
years and have seen firsthand the company's dedication to its partners'
success in the China market," said Xing Yu Zhou, an iGenomics investor. "That
gives me confidence that the Ion Proton platform is the right choice for
"In just a few months, iGenomics has been able to quickly develop and validate
a novel assay which they are quickly bringing to market,"saidGregory T.
Lucier, Chairman and CEO for Life Technologies. "iGenomics demonstrates again
why Ion Torrent is delivering sequencing for all, from start-ups to big
service providers, around the world."
The Ion Proton™Sequencer is For Research Use Only. Not for use in diagnostic
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