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Rubicon Genomics to Comarket Curio Genomics Bioinformatics Software

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Rubicon Genomics announced today that it has signed an agreement to comarket Curio Genomics' bioinformatics software for use with its own new ThruPlex Tag-seq kits.

Rubicon's ThruPlex Tag-seq kits combine molecular tags with the company's ThruPlex chemistry to create molecularly tagged and sample-indexed Illumina sequencing libraries. Each kits contains more than 16 million unique sequences that are used to tag individual DNA fragments prior to amplification allowing researchers to track the fragments through the library preparation, target enrichment, and data analysis processes. ThruPlex Libraries can be enriched using commercially-available or custom-designed capture panels, and can be used with DNA from liquid biopsy, fresh tissue, or FFPE samples, according to Rubicon.

The current agreement will allow users to upload sequencing data from ThruPlex libraries into Curio's cloud-based bioinformatics platform, which provides modules for variant detection, analysis, and visualization. Rubicon also offers an open-source bioinformatics tool called Connor for processing sequence data from the ThruPlex libraries.

"Curio's proprietary bioinformatics platform provides unprecedented speed along with a host of user-friendly capabilities that our customers will find very valuable with challenging samples such as liquid biopsies," Rubicon CEO James Koziarz said in a statement.

Financial and other terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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