SANTA CLARA, Calif. & PLEASANTON, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) and 10x Genomics today announced a collaboration to develop a groundbreaking exome allowing in-depth discovery of important novel content within and around the exome by enabling phasing, access to previously unmappable loci, structural variation, and copy number detection through the use of complementary products of both companies. The two companies will each create products that provide a streamlined workflow for 10x Genomics’ Chromium platform using Agilent’s market-leading SureSelect target enrichment technology.
The Chromium platform is a unique molecular barcoding and analysis platform that consists of hardware, reagents and software to generate a new, single-molecule resolution sequencing data type: Linked-Reads. Linked-Reads deliver long-range information, including haplotype phasing, structural variation and other critical genomic context, from DNA inputs of approximately 1 ng.
Building upon Agilent’s legacy and leadership in target enrichment, the collaboration entails coupling the 10x Genomics Linked-Read technology with an optimized Agilent SureSelect target enrichment solution to deliver coverage and variant calling, including in hard-to-map regions of the genome. Most important, this solution will include both exonic targets and additional loci to enhance phasing, thus providing more insight into complex genomic structural anomalies, something that is not possible with target enrichment products on the market today.
“Our collaboration with 10x Genomics will advance the understanding of underlying causes of disease, and we are excited to be at the forefront of this innovation,” said Herman Verrelst, Agilent VP and general manager, Genomics Division, in the Diagnostics and Genomics Group. “Its unique potential to resolve maternal and paternal haplotypes and the ability to detect structural variants, such as translocations, will make a significant impact on clinical research for constitutional diseases and cancer.”
“10x Genomics is excited to collaborate with Agilent to bring the power of long-range information to exome sequencing applications,” said Serge Saxonov, 10x Genomics’ chief executive officer. “Optimized Agilent SureSelect panels running with the 10x Genomics Chromium platform will add significant value to our customers’ targeted sequencing projects by offering loci in the genome that were previously difficult to access, as well as compound heterozygote phasing, structural variation and copy number detection.”
About 10x Genomics
10x Genomics is changing the definition of sequencing by providing an innovative genomics platform that dramatically upgrades the capabilities of existing short read sequencers. The Company does this through a combination of elegant microfluidics, chemistry and bioinformatics. With the Chromium System running GemCode™ technology, researchers can now find structural variants, haplotypes, and other valuable long range information while leveraging existing sequencing workflows.
About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A), a global leader in life sciences, diagnostics and applied chemical markets, is the premier laboratory partner for a better world. Agilent works with customers in more than 100 countries, providing instruments, software, services and consumables for the entire laboratory workflow. The company generated revenue of $4.04 billion in fiscal 2015 and employs about 12,000 people worldwide. Information about Agilent is available at www.agilent.com.
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