DNAnexus has connected its genomics platform to Sapio Sciences' Exemplar laboratory information management system (LIMS). The integration is expected to provide clients with a sample-to-answer tracking system, a resource the collaborators see cutting costs while improving quality control.
Sapio Sciences' Exemplar LIMS has carved out a niche supporting the workflows of next-generation sequencing (NGS) laboratories. The web-based LIMS enables facilities to track their NGS pipelines from request through to the delivery of results. Now, once this process is complete, Exemplar users will be able to put their data into DNAnexus' cloud platform, from which they can store and share the results. By integrating the software that guides the workflow from sample to analysis, DNAnexus and Sapio Sciences think they can cut costs, boost accuracy and safeguard quality control.
Kevin Cramer, CEO of Sapio Sciences, sees the integration as a way to support customers' externalized R&D networks. "Many of our customers work with external collaborators and require a centralized area where they can share genomic data," he said in a statement. "By having Exemplar NGS integrated with the cloud-based DNAnexus Genomics Platform, not only can our customers run thousands of tests in parallel and enhance lab efficiency, but also improve data exchange with collaborators."
News of the integration comes 10 months after DNAnexus teamed up with WuXi NextCODE to pair their respective systems. The WuXi NextCODE platform enables downstream analysis of sequencing data, meaning DNAnexus is now positioned at the center of a chain laboratories can use to go from a sample to the in-depth analysis of the resulting data. In providing such an integrated service, the companies are positioned to benefit from the spread of NGS sequencing into laboratories that lack the resources to build the in-house IT capabilities such workflows require.
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