NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) — Amgen will take a £50 million ($66 million) equity stake in UK-based sequencing technology firm Oxford Nanopore Technologies, the companies announced today.

Amgen will now own a roughly 3 percent stake in Oxford Nanopore, which has a valuation of approximately £1.5 billion, a spokesperson for the sequencing firm said. 

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Jan
30
Sponsored by
Loop Genomics

This webinar will provide a comparison of several next-generation sequencing (NGS) approaches — including short-read 16S, whole-genome sequencing (WGS), and synthetic long-read sequencing technology — for use in microbiome research studies.

Jan
31
Sponsored by
Roche

This webinar highlights the use of single-cell genomics to identify distinct cell types and states associated with enhanced immunity.

Feb
14
Sponsored by
Oxford Nanopore Technologies

This webinar will describe a project that applied Oxford Nanopore long-read RNA-seq to explore the transcriptional landscape of a damaging agricultural pest.

Feb
19
Sponsored by
Pillar Biosciences

This webinar will demonstrate how clinical laboratories can develop their own customized targeted next-generation sequencing (NGS)-based solid tumor panels.