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UPDATE: Ion Torrent Inks Agreements with Partek, BioTeam, DNAStar

This article has been updated to include the agreement with DNAStar.

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Life Technologies' Ion Torrent has inked three deals — two for selling software for its Ion Personal genome Machine, and the other a service and support agreement.

Under the first deal, Ion Torrent will offer Partek's Genomics Suite directly through its online store as a featured solution for analyzing data generated from Ion Torrent's sequencing devices. The Genomics Suite supports microarray and next-generation sequencing technologies for RNA, DNA, and gene regulation in a single software package.

"Ion Torrent's vision has always been to democratize sequencing with a system that is fast, simple and scalable so that everyone has access to sequencing technology," said Ion Torrent Director of Bioinformatics and Software Products Mike Lelivelt. He added that Partek builds software "that makes sequence analysis simple and accessible to everyone, and that makes this partnership a great fit for everyone, especially customers."

Under the second agreement, Ion Torrent will offer DNAStar's SeqMan NGen sequence assembly and analysis software.

In a separate announcement, Life Tech said that it has partnered with consultancy BioTeam to provide extended service and support for the Ion Torrent Server and Torrent Suite Software. Among the services offered under the agreement are training, troubleshooting, and "limited" data management strategy consulting.

The subscription-based support package is intended to help users of the Ion Personal Genome Machine maximize their investment and simplify related IT management, said Life Tech. The support package will be available within the coming weeks and will be available for purchase at the Ion Torrent web store.

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