Montag, 21. Dezember 2015

Merry X-mas

Take time during the rush of the holidays to enjoy the things in life that really matter. Take in the serene moments spent with friends and loved ones, and may the wonder of Christmas surround you throughout the holiday season.. We look back to an exciting year and are ready for 2016. The LabAutomations community grew from zero to this point since the launch in February this year. We would like to thank all contributors, companies and colleagues, making this place the best source of information about laboratory automation. All the best, Artur Markus

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Merry X-mas

Donnerstag, 10. Dezember 2015

Illumina Introduces Illumina SeqLab

Enables Customers to Quickly Scale to Population-size Production Capacity on HiSeq X Systems


Illumina, Inc. (ILMN) today announced the launch of Illumina SeqLab, an integrated solution for customers with HiSeq X™ Systems to enable large-scale human whole-genome sequencing operations. Designed to increase laboratory efficiency for population-scale, human whole-genome sequencing (HWGS), this new offering provides a complete solution for Illumina customers who need streamlined workflows with integrated sample tracking and fast and accurate analysis solutions. Illumina partnered with GenoLogics and Hamilton Robotics to provide this streamlined end-to-end solution which includes Clarity LIMS X Edition, Microlab® STAR™ liquid handling robotics, HiSeq® Analysis Software (HAS) v2.0 and Illumina SeqLab Consulting Service.

SeqLab workflow v2

“This complete solution was important in our decision to purchase the HiSeq X System and to undertake population-scale whole-genome sequencing of large well-characterized cohorts in Scotland,” said Professor David Hume, Director of The Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh, which provided funding along with the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council for the HiSeq X System to be installed in the Institute.

Professor Tim Aitman, Director of Clinical Genomics in Edinburgh Genomics at the University of Edinburgh, added, “Having access to the best-in-class tools and quick access to service gives us confidence that we can ramp up quickly and spend more time studying the genomes of cancer patients, children with rare diseases, and people with disorders of the central nervous system, while spending less time on setting up our sequencing center.”

For laboratories that are new to population-level sequencing, developing and configuring the laboratory automation and software capabilities needed to process thousands of genomes per year can take significant resources and an extended period of time. The Illumina SeqLab plug-and-play solution helps laboratories maximize efficiency, optimize laboratory utilization and streamline analysis to enable maximum sample throughput in as little as six weeks. Moreover, it helps laboratories to deliver sequence results with confidence by enabling positive sample tracking throughout the laboratory process. As part of the service, expert consultants provide customers with detailed recommendations as they deploy Illumina’s suite of world-class technologies, leveraging the company’s more than 15 years of experience with genomics.

“The interest we’ve seen in population-scale sequencing as a result of the launch of the Illumina HiSeq X Ten Sequencing System last year and subsequent launch of the Illumina HiSeq X Five Sequencing System has far outpaced our expectations,” said Illumina Senior Vice President of Life Sciences, Kirk Malloy. “With this new solution, we are enabling more laboratories to undertake large-scale sequencing programs by providing them with premium solutions to scale rapidly and maximize efficiency.”

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.

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Illumina Introduces Illumina SeqLab

Donnerstag, 3. Dezember 2015

Tecan Group successfully completes acquisition of Sias

Männedorf, Switzerland, November 30, 2015 – The Tecan Group (SIX Swiss Exchange: TECN) announced today that it has successfully completed the acquisition of Sias to further expand its Partnering Business. On October 27, 2015, Tecan announced that it had reached agreement with the majority shareholders of Sias to acquire Sias AG, a leading OEM supplier of a wide range of modular and complete laboratory automation solutions. From December 1, 2015, Sias will be included in the consolidated financial statements of the Tecan Group as a part of the Partnering Business segment.

About Tecan
Tecan ( is a leading global provider of laboratory instruments and solutions in biopharmaceuticals, forensics and clinical diagnostics. The company specializes in the development, production and distribution of automated workflow solutions for laboratories in the life sciences sector. Its clients include pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, university research departments, forensic and diagnostic laboratories. As an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), Tecan is also a leader in developing and manufacturing OEM instruments and components that are then distributed by partner companies. Founded in Switzerland in 1980, the company has manufacturing, research and development sites in both Europe and North America and maintains a sales and service network in 52 countries. In 2014, Tecan generated sales of CHF 400 million (USD 437 million; EUR 331 million). Registered shares of Tecan Group are traded on the SIX Swiss Exchange (TECN; ISIN CH0012100191).

For further information:

Tecan Group
Martin Brändle
Vice President, Communications & Investor Relations
Tel. +41 (0) 44 922 84 30
Fax +41 (0) 44 922 88 89


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Tecan Group successfully completes acquisition of Sias