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New Products: Ambry's ExomeNext; PartnersHealthCare's VariantWire


Ambry Genetics has launched ExomeNext and ExomeNext-Rapid. The new assays feature faster turnaround times, reduced pricing, and more comprehensive coverage than Ambry's previous exome offering. ExomeNext has a list price of $5,800 with an eight to 12-week turnaround time, while ExomeNext-Rapid has a list price of $15,129 with a two to five-week turnaround time.

Partners HealthCare and GeneInsight have launched VariantWire, a clinical consortium offering clinical laboratories in the US and Canada the ability to share genetic testing data. VariantWire leverages a crowdsourcing mechanism to help laboratories interpret the significance of genetic variants. Founding members include: Partners HealthCare Laboratory for Molecular Medicine, ARUP Laboratories, and Mount Sinai Genetic Testing Laboratory at Icahn School of Medicine in New York. The Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto and the Canadian Open Genetics Registry have also joined.

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