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Ion Torrent Inks Software Distribution Agreement with SoftGenetics

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Ion Torrent will distribute SoftGenetics' NextGene software as part of a cadre of next-generation sequence analysis products that it is offering for the Ion Personal Genome Machine, SoftGenetics said this week.

Under the terms of the agreement, the Life Technologies subsidiary will make NextGene available via Ion Torrent's online store as well as through standard ordering channels.

John Fosnacht, vice president and co-founder of SoftGenetics, said that the partners have tailored NextGene to be "a perfect match" for Ion Torrent's semiconductor sequencing platform.

The software will provide PGM users with applications for whole-genome and amplicon analysis including de novo assembly, SNP and indel detection, and ChIP-seq, and RNA-seq analysis. It also provides mutation scoring and filtering, sample comparison, and expression analysis tools.

SoftGenetics joins the likes of DNAStar and Partek, which signed separate software distribution deals with Ion Torrent earlier this year (BI 02/04/2011).

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