NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – IntegenX and NuGen Technologies today announced they are partnering to automate NuGen's NGS Sample Preparation workflows on IntegenX's Apollo series next-generation sequencing library preparation instruments.
NuGen's Ovation RNA-Seq System is the first kit to be automated under the agreement.
The Apollo 324 system replaces hundreds of manual steps by processing up to 32 samples from as little as 500 picograms each of the total RNA, and the integrated workflow automation on the Apollo 324 benchtop system will accelerate 324-Seq analysis of critical clinical samples, such as circulating tumor cells and fine needle aspirates, Pleasanton, Calif.-based IntegenX said.
Financial and other terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"Automating NuGen's NGS sample preparation workflows that apply their proprietary linear amplification technology finally makes it practical for researchers to include large-scale studies on preserved tissues and small cell populations in the process of solving biological samples," Stevan Jovanovic, president and CEO of IntegenX, said in a statement.
Elizabeth Hutt, CEO of San Carlos, Calif.-based NuGen, said that her firm will work with IntegenX to integrate additional sample prep solutions for other next-generation sequencing applications beyond transcriptome sequencing. The companies expect to commercialize this first automated system sometime this year.