LEXINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS, U.S.A., February 4, 2009 — RainDance Technologies, Inc., a provider of innovative microdroplet-based solutions for human health and disease research, today announced the commercial release of its Sequence Enrichment Solution for sales in North America.
In an announcement at the 2009 Advances in Genome Biology and Technology Conference (AGBT), the company said it has begun accepting orders for the solution and has started commercial production of the solution’s components for shipment during the first quarter.
“This milestone represents the first commercialized application of our exciting RainStorm™ microdroplet-based technology platform,” said Chris McNary, President and Chief Executive Officer of RainDance Technologies. “It underscores the power of droplet-based biology to increase the depth of understanding about biological problems and increase the pace of biomedical discovery.”
The RainDance Sequence Enrichment Solution incorporates RainStorm technology for targeted sequencing applications of the human genome. It will enable the high-resolution analysis of genetic variation between individuals within populations at a level unmatched by current methodologies. The solution dramatically improves sample uniformity and reduces the selection bias typically associated with targeted sequencing.
The Sequence Enrichment Solution consists of the following components:
The RDT 1000 system generates picoliter-volume discrete PCR reactions in droplets at the unprecedented rate of 10 million per hour. It amplifies hundreds to thousands of genomic loci with high specificity and uniformity.
Custom-Order Content for DNA Primer Libraries will be available that enable the amplification of hundreds to thousands of genomic loci in a single tube. RainDance customers can design and order these libraries specifically for their research applications.
Sequence enrichment consumables kits, provide a complete workflow solution for easy implementation in the laboratory.
The company also announced that comprehensive training and support services are available to maximize the operating performance of the solution.
“This commercialization step is the culmination of a rigorous Early Access Partner program that involved some of the world’s leading genomic research institutions,” said McNary. “These organizations see the potential of our Sequence Enrichment Solution to enhance the performance of their next-generation sequencing platforms and accelerate their discovery process.”
RainDance also is presenting a workshop, “Enrichment of Genomic Loci for Targeted Sequencing Applications,” at the AGBT Conference on February 6 to explain the application and benefits of its new technology in genomics research.
About RainDance Technologies
RainDance Technologies is pioneering the use of high-throughput microdroplet-based analysis in human health and life science research. The company’s core RainStorm™ technology generates millions of discrete droplets that can encapsulate a single molecule, cell or reaction and be digitally analyzed and sorted one at a time. The power, precision and simplicity of microdroplets enable researchers to answer complex questions with unprecedented sensitivity and quantitation. The complete RainDance solution includes automated instrumentation, customizable bioinformatics and high-value consumables and reagents for applications including targeted next-generation DNA sequencing, methylation, digital PCR and single cell analysis. Based in Lexington, Massachusetts, the company supports scientists around the world through its international sales and support operations and a global network of distributors and service providers. For more information, please visit www.RainDanceTech.com.
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