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High throughput and deep coverage have allowed firms like Olink and Somalogic to make inroads, especially among researchers working outside proteomics.

Highlights included mass spec-focused developments like data-independent acquisition and ion mobility along with platforms including Thermo Fisher's Q Exactive.

The researchers used the SomaScan platform to measure 5,000 plasma proteins across 17,000 patients and develop protein profiles correlated to 11 health conditions.

Under the 10-year deal, SomaLogic will analyze at least 250,000 clinical samples to support Novartis' drug development work and its own test development.

While the approach lost some of its luster after failing to deliver on early hype, technological improvements are revitalizing interest among researchers.

Agilent has agreed to provide customized high-fidelity oligo microarrays for the nucleic acid detection step in SomaLogic's Somascan assay.

Somalogic will use its SomaScan platform to analyze at least 15,000 clinical samples from Janssen to identify protein biomarkers for various diseases.

Among the updates provided at the conference on Wednesday, Luminex discussed development and plans for the Verigene II system, and GenMark touted its ePlex test portfolio.

The firm is using collaborations to access the large, diverse cohorts it needs to support its goal of commercializing its SomaScan system as a clinical platform.

The companies will use Somalogic's SomaScan proteomic platform to measure levels of as many as 5,000 proteins in up to 40,000 of DeCode's patient samples.

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