Illumina said today that it has inked separate co-marketing agreements with Caliper Life Sciences and Sage Science to promote use of those companies' sample prep systems in next-generation sequencing applications.

Under the first agreement, Illumina will promote Caliper's LabChip XT, a preparative microfluidic platform for separating DNA fragments of different sizes that uses multi-channel disposable chips to run up to four samples in less than 30 minutes. Caliper said that the platform was developed "with direct input" from Illumina.

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