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Caliper and EdgeBio Partner on Sample Prep for Life Tech Sequencers

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This article was originally published on June 27.

Caliper Life Sciences and Edge BioSystems said today that they will collaborate to co-develop automated sample-prep protocols for gene sequencing.

Specifically, Caliper and EdgeBio will co-develop automated protocols for Life Technologies' 5500xl, SOLiD 4, and Ion Torrent Personal Genome Machine systems on Caliper's Sciclone NGS Workstation.

The partners will initially focus on sample prep for exome, whole-genome, and RNA sequencing applications.

Caliper's suite of sample prep products integrates library construction, sequence capture, quantification, and quality control metrics. The Hopkinton, Mass.-based company said that its collaboration with Gaithersburg, Md.-based EdgeBio will help it expand its automation and microfluidic technologies to SOLiD and Ion Torrent users.

"As one of the first Ion Torrent PGM service providers, EdgeBio is a pioneer in sequencing sample prep and bioinformatics, and we are excited to be working with them to automate the 5500xl, SOLiD 4, and PGM chemistry," Caliper President and CEO Kevin Hrusovsky said in a statement.

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