With Two New Easy-to-Use Sequencing Instruments, Thermo Readies for Primetime in the Clinic

Andy Felton, VP Product Management, Ion Torrent, Thermo Fisher

Listen 0:00 Two new platforms to democratize sequencing (3:41)

Listen 3:58 What about the PII? (3:20)

Shawn Baker, CSO, AllSeq

Listen 7:18 A big move for Thermo but not for the sequencing space (7:58)

Listen 0:00 Race for the sequencing market still open (5:24)

The race to the $1,000 genome has been full of breathtaking advances, one after the other. But is next gen sequencing reaching maturity? Will there be that many more significant innovations?

Yes, says our first guest in today’s program, Andy Felton, VP of Product Management at Thermo’s Ion Torrent division. Andy presented Thermo’s two new sequencing instruments, the Ion S5 and the Ion S5XL at a press conference today. While their numbers (accuracy, read length, throughput) don’t look that significant an achievement over the stats of their predecessors--the Personal Genome Machine (PGM) and the Ion Proton--the S5 and S5XL perhaps lead the industry now in ease-of-use.

Integrated with Thermo’s new sample prep station launched last year, the Ion Chef, and robust bioinformatics software, the workflow from sample to report is impressively simple and straight forward. Only two pipetting steps are required. The genomics team at Thermo is betting that this attractive simplicity will open a new market. "Genomics for all," they boast.

Does this just catch Thermo up with Illumina, or does it put them in the lead for clinical sequencing, we ask our second guest, Shawn Baker, CSO of AllSeq. (See Shawn's own blog here.)




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