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New England Biolabs, Directed Genomics Partner on NGS-based Target Enrichment Technology

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – New England Biolabs and Directed Genomics today announced a partnership to develop new next-generation sequencing-based target enrichment technologies.

The first product to be developed will be a target enrichment technology combining enrichment with NGS library construction into a single, seamless protocol. The partners said the approach is scalable and will enable researchers to convert small amounts of genomic DNA into sequence-ready libraries in about six hours. They added that enrichment is highly specific and enables greater coverage of target regions with fewer sequencing reads than currently available target-capture methods.

Financial and other terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"Partnering with NEB allows us to leverage an extensive knowledgebase of enzyme activities, best-in-class manufacturing practices, and their global commercial footprint," Directed Genomics Founder and President Cynthia Richard said in a statement.