By Julia Karow

This article was originally published Sept. 24.

Illumina is plowing ahead with an internal cancer-sequencing project that is part of its diagnostic initiative, but has found it difficult to procure suitable patient samples, CEO Jay Flatley said during a recent investor conference.

He also said that the company continues to be confident about Oxford Nanopore Technologies, in which it invested $18 million earlier this year, and is "pleased with" the progress of the startup.

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