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Analytik Jena, Illumina Partner on Sample Prep System

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Analytik Jena announced today that it has partnered with Illumina to develop and commercialize an automated ultra high-throughput sample preparation system based on the companies' respective technologies.

Under the terms of the deal, the firms will work together to create specially configured versions of Analytik Jena's CyBio Felix automated liquid handling platform to enable the preparation of up to six reaction plates with Illumina's Infinium XT reagents for 2,304- or 4,608-sample BeadChip chemistries in downstream processes.

Additional terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

"The CyBio Felix system will help our customers optimize their genotyping operations with a more cost-effective, scalable, and efficient workflow for production-scale genotyping applications," Jason Johnson, senior director of Illumina's array business, said in a statement.

Analytik Jena CEO Ulrich Krauss added that the partnership is expected to strengthen his company's presence in the genomics market.