Hamilton Robotics and New England Biolabs Collaborate to Automate Sample Preparation for Next-Generation Sequencing

   Hamilton Robotics and New England Biolabs Collaborate to Automate Sample
                  Preparation for Next-Generation Sequencing

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BONADUZ, Switzerland, and IPSWICH, Mass., Oct. 2, 2013

BONADUZ, Switzerland, and IPSWICH, Mass., Oct.2, 2013 /PRNewswire/
--Hamilton Robotics and New England Biolabs®, Inc. (NEB®) announced today
that the companies are collaborating to develop automated solutions for NEB's
NEBNext® reagent line for NGS sample preparation, including a fast and
robustlow-input option for high-throughput Illumina® library preparation. The
jointly developed solutions will also enable scientists to completely automate
library preparation protocols for Ion Torrent™ and Roche 454™.

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Based on the Microlab ^ STAR line of instruments, Hamilton is developing an
"open" NGS workstation that simplifies the setup of any library preparation
protocol. The versatile STAR line supports any level of throughput from 8 to
96 samples and reduces time consuming manual pipetting steps and
sample-to-sample variability. The initial focus is on automated methods for
the NEBNext Ultra™ DNA library prep kit for Illumina sequencers. NEB's high
quality Ultra reagents provide fast, simplified workflows for robust,
high-yield library preparation with input amounts from a few nanograms to one
microgram of DNA. All protocols incorporate magnetic bead-based size selection
for superior ease of use. Additional methods will be added later this year.

"At Hamilton we have a strong focus on and expertise in providing researchers
with solutions that exactly fit with a lab's needs, but we also offer
standardized solutions for a wide range of applications. We are very happy to
work with NEB as this partnership broadens our NGS portfolio with
pre-validated solutions for the most popular sequencing platforms. Through
NEB's established network in the scientific community, we can provide these
combined solutions to renowned research institutes worldwide," says Dr. Mario
Arangio, Director, Standard Solutions at Hamilton Robotics.

"With the increased use of NGS comes the need for increased throughput of NGS
library preparation. Partnering with Hamilton to automate our NEBNext kits on
the Microlab STAR line instruments provides additional options for NGS users
to easily scale up their library preparation workflows for a variety of sample
types," says Dr. Fiona Stewart, Product Marketing Manager, Next Generation
Sequencing at NEB.

For more information on the NEBNext line of reagents, visit NEBNext.com.

About New England Biolabs

Established in the mid 1970's, New England Biolabs, Inc. is the industry
leader in the discovery and production of enzymes for molecular biology
applications and now offers the largest selection of recombinant and native
enzymes for genomic research. NEB continues to expand its product offerings
into areas related to PCR, gene expression, library preparation for next
generation sequencing, cellular analysis, epigenetics and RNA analysis.
Additionally, NEB is focused on strengthening alliances that enable new
technologies to reach key market sectors. New England Biolabs is a privately
held company, headquartered in Ipswich, MA, and has extensive worldwide
distribution through a network of exclusive distributors, agents and seven
subsidiaries located in Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore and
the UK. For more information about New England Biolabs visit
http://www.neb.com

About Hamilton Robotics

Hamilton Robotics designs and manufactures fully automated robotic systems for
samples preparation and storage. The products range from unique, custom
laboratory automation solutions (turnkey solutions) on standard applications
validated through partnership programs with renowned biotechnology companies
as well as OEM solutions to the top ten diagnostic companies. Hamilton Storage
Technologies designs and manufactures cold storage systems for biobanking and
other applications. For more information, visit
http://www.hamiltonrobotics.com.

454™ is a trademark of Roche.
ILLUMINA® is aregistered trademarks of Illumina, Inc.
ION TORRENT™ is a trademark of Life Technologies, Inc.
NEW ENGLAND BIOLABS®, NEB® andNEBNEXT® are registered trademarks of New
England Biolabs, Inc.

SOURCE New England Biolabs

Website: http://www.neb.com
Contact: Deana Martin, 978-380-7464, martin@neb.com