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Pacific Biosciences Names Several Partners in Advance of Sequencer Launch

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Pacific Biosciences today named 11 initial members of its new partner program aimed at providing complete solutions for its Single Molecule Real Time DNA Sequencing Systems when it launches in the second half of this year.

According to the Menlo Park, Calif.-based firm, the partner program will help customers "rapidly and easily adopt" its sequencing solution into their discovery programs. The partner program is focused on firms that can provide consumables, automation systems, complementary instruments, services, and supporting software and hardware.

"We have thought carefully about what it takes to successfully introduce a new generation of technology to the marketplace, and putting in place an entire ecosystem of complementary solutions has been one of our strategies from the beginning," Pacific Biosciences Chairman and CEO Hugh Martin said in a statement.

The initial 11 members of the partner program are: Agilent Technologies, Amazon Web Services, BioTeam, Caliper Life Sciences, CLC bio, Fluidigm, GenoLogics, GenomeQuest, Geospiza, NuGen Technologies, and RainDance Technologies.

These partners will receive access to "information and development tools, APIs, protocols, and potential co-marketing opportunities depending on the specific terms of the partnership," Pacific Biosciences said. It added that, in some cases, it may also engage in co-development agreements under the program.

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