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Next Generation Sequencing : le partenariat Hamilton Illumina

Communiqué de presse   •   juil 05, 2013 08:11 CEST


Hamilton
Robotics Partners with Illumina to Automate Sample Preparation for
Next-Generation Sequencing

Leaders in liquid handling robotics and
sequencing team up to significantly reduce bottlenecks and improve results in
NGS applications

Reno, Nevada.
(May 28, 2013)
—Hamilton Robotics, as part of its co-marketing partnership with
Illumina, is developing automated solutions for NGS sample preparation that
reduce hands-on time, minimize operational variability, and deliver consistent
results. Illumina is providing input on the protocols and assay performance.
Solutions will include an NGS workstation and methods for Illumina's sample
prep kits.

This
collaboration will enable customers to seamlessly and completely automate the
upstream sample preparation of the NGS workflow using Hamilton's
higher-throughput MicrolabSTAR pipetting workstation or its affordable,
benchtop NIMBUS NGS Workstation with Illumina's sample preparation kits. The
solutions will be jointly marketed and sold separately.

"Fully
automating Illumina's sample prep kits will greatly reduce manual pipetting
time and improve library consistency,” said Peter Fromen, Senior Director,
Product Marketing and Market Development at Illumina. "We are pleased to
see our TruSeq® and Nextera® kits automated on Hamilton's market-leading
platforms. Hamilton's methods will make it easier and faster for customers to
use automation."

Initial
development of Hamilton's NGS workstations will begin with standardized deck
placement options and dedicated software with a graphical user interface (GUI)
for easy automation setup and simple user control. Hamilton robotic
workstations offer outstanding accuracy, precision, and low-volume pipetting,
and Hamilton’s verified methods and modular, flexible hardware have led to
popular application-based, standard-catalog solutions.

“Hamilton
robotic workstations use proprietary pipetting technologies to speed and
improve the liquid handling process. Illumina customers will now be able to get
started more quickly with pre-designed workstations and software, and they
won’t have to deal with complex installations and lead times,” said Dr. Jose
Carle, Vice President at Hamilton Robotics.

Methods for
TruSeq Total Stranded RNA kits will be developed first and are expected to
launch this summer, followed by other methods later in the year.

About the
Hamilton Microlab NIMBUS and STAR Workstations:
The NIMBUS Workstation is a smaller,
personal liquid handling system designed to accommodate all sample prep needs
for next-generation sequencers at a more affordable price point, without losing
the functionality of the higher-throughput Microlab STAR Workstations. For more
information, visit the Hamilton Robotics website.

Hamilton Robotics designs and manufactures fully automated robotic
systems for samples preparation and storage. The products range from unique, custom
laboratory automation solutions (turnkey solutions) on standard applications
validated through partnership programs with renowned biotechnology companies as
well as OEM solutions to the top ten diagnostic companies. Hamilton Storage Technologies designs and manufactures cold storage systems for biobanking and other applications.

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