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PerkinElmer Licenses Geospiza's Software to Provide NGS Data Analysis and Management

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PerkinElmer has licensed Geospiza's GeneSifter Lab Edition and GeneSifter Analysis Edition software to provide laboratory management and data analysis for a next-generation sequencing service that it launched this week.

Dick Begley, PE's president of emerging technologies, said in a statement that the GeneSifter tool suite "fit our need for a robust and scalable lab workflow and analysis system," noting the products provide a "comprehensive software platform" that’s needed to "manage the complexities of next-gen sequencing operations."

PE launched its sequencing and analysis service this week to provide human and mouse exome resequencing services for customers looking to outsource their sequencing needs. Operating out of a sequencing lab based in Branford, Conn., its list of services includes project planning and consultation as well as sample processing and library preparation, among others.

Furthermore, the company launched an Internet-enabled "private cloud" to provide its clients with "secure" web-based access to their genomic data as well as storage space.

PerkinElmer did not provide details of its computational infrastructure.

The firm is using Illumina's HiSeq 2000 to handle its sequencing needs as well as Agilent SureSelect, Illumina's TruSeq, and Nimblegen EZ Exome for exome capture.

The company also plans to use its Janus Automated Workstations and EnSpire Plate Readers for sample processing and automation.

PE expects the turnaround time for the service to be between four and six weeks. Of that, sample prep and sequencing comprise approximately 15 days, with the remainder comprising data analysis.

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