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JP Morgan Healthcare Conference

This year, Complete Genomics plans to introduce a "long fragment read" technology that will allow it decrease the error rate from 10-5 to 10-7, or from 30,000 to 300 errors per genome, and to sequence genomes from fewer than 50 cells' worth of DNA.

Applications for the rare-cell capture and sequencing service include the detection and monitoring of circulating tumor cells "and also, potentially, fetal diagnostics."

With a new LabChip platform and tissue imaging capabilities, Caliper has its eye on expanding in molecular diagnostics and targeting companion diagnostic deals as its personalized medicine strategy evolves.

On Wednesday, LabCorp talked about genetic counselors gained through the Genzyme Genetics acquisition, Bruker talked diagnostics, and Myriad addressed its plans for Europe and companion diagnostics.

Luminex will be going after a piece of the newborn screening market, estimated to be a $100 million-plus opportunity, with a new assay slated for an initial launch in Europe later this year.

Thermo Fisher Scientific, Pacific Biosciences, and Qiagen presented investors with views on the M&A market and technology development in the sequencing and molecular diagnostics industries.

The company has spoken to a number of firms operating in the MDx space at the JP Morgan conference, both large and small, "to avail ourselves to them."

Company officials see the potential for Life Tech's sequencing and qPCR platforms in developing new molecular diagnostic tools that could potentially supplant other technologies, including arrays.

The Ion 316 Semiconductor Sequencing Chip, which replaces the Ion 314, will be available to early-access customers in the first quarter.


The Hill reports President Donald Trump issued an executive directing federal agencies to cut the number of board and advisory committees they have.

The New York Times reports that researchers are combining tools to more quickly develop crops to feed a growing population and cope with shifting climates.

Scientists in Canada are looking to the UK's plan to sequence children with rare conditions for inspiration, the National Post reports.

In PNAS this week: copy number changes arose during polar bear evolution, genomic and transcriptomic analysis of the Siberian hamster, and more.