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Illumina Extends Genomics Portfolio with New Sequencing System

Illumina adds to its industry-leading next-generation sequencing (NGS) portfolio with the launch of the MiniSeq Sequencing System. During its presentation at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, Illumina also introduced Infinium XT, and previewed Project Firefly, which will lead to the commercialization of a new semiconductor-based sequencing system.
“Illumina has a history of breaking down barriers in genomics by making sequencing and genotyping easier to perform and less expensive. The MiniSeq Sequencing System and Infinium XT technologies build on this legacy and will enable researchers and applied practitioners to unlock the power of the genome like never before,” said Jay Flatley, CEO of Illumina. “With these new products, and Project Firefly in development, we are excited about enabling an increasing number of customers worldwide to unlock the power of the genome.”
MiniSeq System
The new MiniSeq System makes Illumina’s sequencing technology accessible to all laboratories interested in performing targeted sequencing. With push-button operation, the flexible benchtop sequencer enables a broad range of DNA and RNA sequencing applications, from examining single genes to entire pathways, in a single run.
The research-use only MiniSeq System is designed and being commercialized as part of a complete sequencing solution that enables both experienced and new-to-NGS researchers to get results quickly with an easy-to-use library-to-results workflow and onboard data analysis for numerous assays. The sequencer is also able to stream sequencing data to BaseSpace, Illumina’s cloud and onsite genomics computing environment. Compatible with a full suite of Illumina library preparation solutions, and end-to-end support from Illumina scientists and engineers, the MiniSeq System is an ideal NGS workflow solution for many applications commonly performed by molecular biologists, translational researchers in oncology, and molecular pathologists.
The MiniSeq System will begin shipping early in the first quarter of 2016. For more information, visit