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Illumina, Dovetail Genomics Ink Comarketing Deal

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Dovetail Genomics announced today that it has signed an agreement with Illumina to co-market its genome sequencing and assembly services for long-range sequencing applications.

Under the terms of the deal, the companies will promote Dovetail's in vitro proximity ligation-based libraries that have been prepared specifically for Illumina's sequencing platforms. The libraries can generate read-pairs spanning genome distances up to the maximum size of input DNA, Dovetail said. The library data, along with a draft assembly, can be run through Dovetail's HiRise software pipeline to identify and break misjoins in the draft assembly, and then iteratively join contigs and scaffolds into a final assembly with improved contiguity, the company added.

"Since launching our services in October of last year, we have produced assemblies for more than 100 different organisms, driving increased access to and use of reference-quality genomes," Dovetail CEO Todd Dickinson said in a statement. "We are thrilled to partner more closely with Illumina to further expand our market reach as we continue to grow our business."

Specific terms of the co-marketing arrangement were not disclosed.