Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

Agilent, Sage Science to Co-Promote Sample Prep Systems for NGS Applications


Agilent Technologies and Sage Science have signed an agreement to co-market their nucleic acid sample-prep systems, the companies said today.

Under the pact, the companies will co-promote Agilent's 2100 Bioanalyzer, which is used for detecting and quantifying nucleic acids, with Sage's Pippin Prep DNA size-selection system.

Agilent and Sage also said that they will conduct studies to explore use of the systems together in next-generation sequencing applications.

In a statement, Sage CEO Gary Magnant said that the products are "clearly complementary for the size-selection steps in next-generation sequencing." Magnant also noted that Agilent's 2100 Bioanalyzer kits provide "superb analysis of DNA size distributions, with minimal sample consumption."

Sage's Pippin Prep is a preparative gel electrophoresis system that also automates the separation and recovery of different sized DNA fragments. The company said that sequencing libraries generated with Pippin Prep have greater sequence diversity and less low molecular weight contamination than those produced by traditional gel methods, generating a greater amount of higher quality sequencing data per run.

In October, Sage Science inked an agreement with Illumina, under which Illumina is promoting Pippin Prep for use in next-generation sequencing applications (PCR Insider, 10/21/10).

The Scan

Review of Approval Process

Stat News reports the Department for Health and Human Services' Office of the Inspector General is to investigate FDA's approval of Biogen's Alzheimer's disease drug.

Not Quite Right

A new analysis has found hundreds of studies with incorrect nucleotide sequences reported in their methods, according to Nature News.

CRISPR and mRNA Together

Time magazine reports on the use of mRNA to deliver CRISPR machinery.

Nature Papers Present Smartphone Platform for DNA Diagnosis of Malaria, Mouse Lines for Epigenomic Editing

In Nature this week: a low-cost tool to detect infectious diseases like malaria, and more.