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Roche NimbleGen, Caliper Partner to Automate Target Enrichment

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Roche NimbleGen and Caliper Life Sciences plan to develop and optimize protocols for the use of NimbleGen's target capture method with Caliper's liquid-handling system, the companies said this week.

Under the co-marketing agreement, the companies will develop automated methods for sequencing library preparation, enrichment of target regions, quantification, and quality control using NimbleGen's SeqCap EZ Library solution-based capture method and Caliper's Sciclone NGS Workstation.

Caliper already has a number of partnerships with other firms to automate aspects of next-generation sequencing sample prep using its equipment, for example with NuGen Technologies (IS 2/1/2011), Covaris (IS 3/1/2011), and EdgeBio (IS 6/28/2011).

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