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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Fluidigm today announced an agreement to develop and supply a custom version of its high-throughput library prep system to the DKMS, or the German Bone Marrow Donor Database, Life Science Lab.

Agilent Technologies said today that it has acquired Halo Genomics, a privately held Uppsala, Sweden-based provider of sample prep tools for next-generation sequencing.

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Caliper Life Sciences announced today a deal with the Center for Genome Analysis at Yale University to implement protocols for exome capture and library preparation workflows.

Under the agreement, Norwich, UK-based TGAC will serve as a "national reference site" for Caliper and will install several of the firm's instruments.

According to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Illumina acquired Epicentre for $60 million in cash as well as $15 million in stock that is "subject to forfeiture if certain non-revenue based milestones are not met." In addition, Illumina will pay up to $15 million in contingent considerations based on "certain revenue-based milestones" by Jan. 10, 2013.

The partners will develop automated protocols for exome capture and library preparation workflows.

Under the agreement, the partners will co-promote each other's products and conduct application studies to showcase their use in next-generation sequencing.

Epicentre markets Nextera library preparation kits for the 454 and Illumina platforms and as of last month had plans to offer them for new sequencing platforms. Illumina declined to comment on whether it will continue to offer the kits for the 454 or other platforms besides its own.

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