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Early Access for Oxford Nanopore PromethIon Requires $75K Deposit, $24K Access Fee

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Oxford Nanopore Technologies last week outlined the early-access program for its PromethIon sequencer, including some pricing information.

The PromethIon will have higher throughput than the company's current platform, the MinIon. Instead of a single flow cell, the instrument will run up to 48 flow cells. Last month, Oxford Nanopore said it plans to introduce the platform through a similar early-access program as the MinIon, starting later this year.

According to the company's website, only early-access users of the MinIon qualify for the PromethIon Access Program, called PEAP.

To join the program, participants will need to pay a $75,000 deposit. Later on, they can use that deposit as credit to pay for flow cells, library preparation reagents, and certain workflows of the Metrichor software. Oxford Nanopore said last month that it also plans to offer pay-as-you-go pricing, where customers receive "zero hour" flow cells and pay for run time on the instrument, which can be unlocked via its software.

In addition, participants need to pay a $24,000 access fee, which will give them one PromethIon instrument, a starter pack of consumables, certain data services, and community-based support. An undisclosed number of initial participants will have their access fee waived.

Pricing information for consumables, data services, and flow cell run time, as well as the anticipated shipment date for the first PromethIon instrument, are not yet available.