IDbyDNA and Illumina Partner to Deliver NGS Infectious Disease Solutions

Partnership Aims to Accelerate NGS Adoption for Clinical Infectious Disease Testing by Combining Comprehensive Sequencing Workflows with Turn-key Clinical Informatics

SAN FRANCISCO--()--IDbyDNA Inc., a metagenomics technology company setting a standard for detection, identification and interpretation of microorganisms and their role in human health, today announced a global strategic partnership with Illumina, Inc. (Nasdaq: ILMN), to bring comprehensive next-generation sequencing (NGS) based workflows to the global microbiology market.

Under the terms of the agreement, Illumina and IDbyDNA will each co-market IDbyDNA’s Explify® Platform for use with Illumina’s NGS systems and library preparation to provide a complete, streamlined workflow solution for infectious disease applications. In addition, IDbyDNA and Illumina will partner to co-develop research use only (RUO) workflows.

The partnership aims to enable broad distribution of NGS equipment, library prep, as well as other reagents to provide high-fidelity NGS analysis, interpretation and reporting capabilities to laboratories and hospitals around the world. The goal is to accelerate and improve testing for infectious diseases. It has been accelerated to provide improved support to customers globally performing NGS for surveillance purposes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to supporting COVID-19 surveillance, the initial commercial RUO workflows will focus on multiple types of infections, particularly those to which NGS brings unique value over current techniques, as well as support for COVID-19 surveillance. These workflows leverage Illumina’s library preparation and NGS systems, and IDbyDNA’s Explify Platform. The goal is to enable labs to develop tests that will concurrently provide comprehensive pathogen identification and information regarding antimicrobial resistance markers.

“We recognize that a key barrier to adoption of next-generation sequencing for infectious disease testing has been the lack of simple, powerful bioinformatics software to turn the data generated by the sequencer into actionable insights”, said Kathy Davy, Vice President of Clinical Marketing at Illumina. “IDbyDNA’s Explify Platform combined with Illumina’s NGS systems and library preparation creates a powerful, comprehensive infectious disease workflow.”

“Metagenomic NGS-based testing enables the most comprehensive detection of hundreds to thousands of pathogens, both for routine testing and for emerging public health threats like SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the COVID-19 outbreak. Importantly, we are able to determine not only the presence of this emerging virus but also decipher the genetic makeup of individual strains allowing us to compare strains, differentiate them from other coronaviruses and perform surveillance activities right at the time of diagnosis,” said Jeff Field, CCO of IDbyDNA. “With the increase in global travel and economic integration, the ability to monitor and track the spread of pathogens such as the novel coronavirus is a critical public health challenge. Working with an NGS leader, we plan to rapidly make the Explify Platform the new standard for worldwide infectious disease diagnostics and surveillance.”

The first clinical laboratory in the U.S to engage with IDbyDNA and Illumina is Synergy Laboratories, based in Alabama. Synergy is currently offering the first comprehensive NGS-based test for urinary tract infections (UTI) that includes ~100 uropathogens, quantification and 371 select genetic markers of antibiotic resistance using the Explify Platform to analyze results.

“We realize that NGS-based testing in microbiology is the future of infectious disease testing, as such we are partnering with Illumina and IDbyDNA to bring this new technology to the Southeastern U.S. market now and start offering our clinicians and patients the most comprehensive infectious disease testing currently available,” said Brad Pitts, CEO of Synergy Laboratories.

IDbyDNA’s Explify Platform, in combination with Illumina’s NGS platforms and reagents, aims to provide the microbiology market with the first commercially available workflow solution to enable laboratories and hospitals to perform comprehensive NGS-based diagnostics, including broad pathogen detection, antimicrobial resistance and quantification, to derive greater insights from patient samples more quickly.

About Explify

The Explify Platform simultaneously profiles tens of thousands of microorganisms and pathogens in any sample to deliver actionable information to healthcare providers. This workflow solution enables laboratories to offer NGS-based metagenomics testing for infectious diseases. The Explify Platform manages laboratory workflow, analyzes metagenomics data, and provides applications for clinical review, quality control and reporting. Explify offers laboratories a streamlined path to offering unbiased, NGS-based laboratory developed tests (LDTs) that are more comprehensive. Explify metagenomics analysis is a proprietary DNA search engine that analyzes tens of millions of Next-Generation Sequencing reads within minutes to enable the detection of tens of thousands of distinct microorganisms. The proprietary Explify database includes millions of curated DNA and RNA reference sequences and can identify more than 50,000 microorganisms and over 3,000 known common and rare pathogens, including anti-microbial resistance (AMR).

About IDbyDNA

IDbyDNA has developed transformative metagenomics technology to simultaneously profile tens of thousands of microorganisms and pathogens in any sample. Working with our global partners, we are setting the standard for the identification and understanding of microorganisms and their role in human health.

About Illumina

Illumina is improving human health by unlocking the power of the genome. Our focus on innovation has established us as the global leader in DNA sequencing and array-based technologies, serving customers in the research, clinical, and applied markets. Our products are used for applications in the life sciences, oncology, reproductive health, agriculture, and other emerging segments. To learn more, visit and follow @illumina.

About Synergy Laboratories

Synergy Laboratories is a full-service diagnostic laboratory that utilizes a wide range of innovative platforms to improve patient care. Founded in 2015, by Brad Pitts and Brandon Biles, Synergy’s mission is to ethically serve the healthcare sector and give healthcare providers quality service and accurate results. In recent years, Synergy has continued to invest in the latest technology to serve their ever-growing client base. This includes many exciting announcements to follow. To learn more, visit connect with us on LinkedIn and follow @SynergyTests.


Lauren Arnold
(781) 235-3060

Release Summary

IDbyDNA announces a global strategic partnership with Illumina to bring next-generation sequencing based workflows to the global microbiology market.


Lauren Arnold
(781) 235-3060