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Ambry Genetics to Use RainDance Microdroplet PCR Tech in Diagnostics, Genomic Research Services

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Ambry Genetics will use RainDance Technologies' microdroplet- based PCR technology as part of its diagnostics and genomics services, the companies said this week.

Under the partnership, Ambry will incorporate RainDance's RDT 1000 platform into sequence-enrichment and targeted resequencing applications.

Ambry's customers in the diagnostics, genomics, and research arenas can now use the RDT 1000 as part of their sequence enrichment or resequencing efforts to reduce study time or improve study quality by running more samples in the same time with the same budget, the companies said.

In addition to currently offering RainDance's sequence-enrichment platform, Ambry may use the RainDance platform for methyl-seq and ultra-deep resequencing applications in the second half of 2010.

"PCR is the gold standard for sequence enrichment and allows for high-resolution analysis of rare genetic variations, a focus area of Ambry Genetics' customers," RainDance Chief Commercial Officer Chris McNary said in a statement.

Ambry, based in Aliso Viejo, Calif., is a CAP-accredited and CLIA-certified commercial clinical laboratory.

Ardy Arianpour, Ambry's director of business development, said in a statement that the RainDance platform "adds a sequence-enrichment offering while providing an option to customers that are in need of high-throughput targeted sequencing with a high level of coverage, completeness, and speed."

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