Ben Butkus is editorial director of GenomeWeb. He covers technologies and trends across the omics landscape with a particular interest in molecular diagnostics, infectious disease, PCR and related nucleic acid amplification technologies, and sample prep.
Fluidigm CEO Chris Linthwaite said the company aims to further penetrate the diagnostic and clinical markets with both its microfluidics and mass cytometry businesses.
Qiagen has benefited from unexpected tailwinds due to COVID-19 testing and envisions post-pandemic growth with recently acquired NeuMoDx as a key contributor.
Fluidigm's Biomark HD microfluidic platform will enable more than 180,000 real-time PCR tests to be run over the next 90 days to potentially support COVID-19 screening.
Qiagen, which is also developing a single-plex qRT-PCR assay for SARS-CoV-2, said it will have a syndromic panel including targets for the virus ready this month.
JP Morgan Healthcare Day 3: Exact Sciences, NanoString, Natera, Horizon, Accelerate Dx, GenMark, More
Exact Sciences CEO Kevin Conroy discussed the firm's pipeline and plans for 2020 and beyond, while NanoString CEO Brad Gray talked about the company's GeoMx digital spatial profiling technology, among other presentations Wednesday.
On the second day of the conference, updates came not just from the publicly traded industry giants but also privately held firms of interest, such as Caris and GenapSys.
On Monday Qiagen reiterated its preliminary 2019 earnings figures and addressed an investor's wrath, while Guardant Health highlighted its cancer testing plans.
Illumina also said it is developing a regulated version of its high-throughput NovaSeq system to address growing demand for a diagnostic platform with higher throughput.
Illumina will grant Roche rights to develop and distribute IVD tests on its Dx sequencing instruments, while Roche will help expand the CDx claims for Illumina's solid tumor panel.
Newly appointed interim CEO Thierry Bernard attempted to assuage investors' fears in the wake of a tumultuous month for Qiagen.