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Ambry to Use New RainDance Enrichment System for Targeted Sequencing

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Ambry Genetics will be the first authorized service provider for a new high-throughput target enrichment system being developed by RainDance Technologies, the companies announced last week.

RainDance plans to officially launch the system, dubbed ThunderStorm, at the American Society of Human Genetics meeting next month.

ThunderStorm is an automated system that enables enrichment of up to 96 samples per day for targeted, high-throughput sequencing. The new system uses RainDance's microdroplet-based technology to process individual single molecule PCR reactions.

As reported by In Sequence's sister publication PCR Insider, RainDance's CEO Roopom Bannerjee said that the ThunderStorm will be able to complete a targeted resequencing protocol in about 15 minutes with no hands-on time, and will enable the company to offer sequence enrichment at between $100 and $150 per sample.

Additionally, RainDance said that the system can support a range of targeted sequencing applications including candidate gene lists, regions of association, signaling pathways, and deep sequencing of heterogeneous tumor samples.

Ambry's vice president of business development, Ardy Arianpour, said in a statement that the company plans to roll out a "portfolio of services based on this technology platform to our customers."

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