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March 10, 2014
06:35 EDTWX, ILMNWuXi PharmaTech purchases Illumina HiSeq X Ten Sequencing System
Illumina (LMN) and WuXi PharmaTech (WX) announced that the WuXi Genome Center has purchased an Illumina HiSeq X Ten sequencing system. This new investment will enable WuXi’s clinical genomic services to expand from the current target panel, exome, and transcriptome scale sequencing to population genome scale sequencing. It puts the world’s most advanced gene sequencing capability in the hands of the leading pharmaceutical R&D services company in the Asia Pacific region. The WuXi Genome Center meets international clinical standards and is the only CLIA-certified clinical genomics lab in China. In addition to offering sequencing services, WuXi’s genomics lab also provides assay development, validation, and testing services.
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August 21, 2014
05:42 EDTILMNIllumina announces strategic partnership with AstraZeneca, Sanofi, Janssen
Illumina (ILMN) announced it has formed collaborative partnerships with leading pharmaceutical companies to develop a universal next-generation sequencing, or NGS,-based oncology test system. The system will be used for clinical trials of targeted cancer therapies with a goal of developing and commercializing a multi-gene panel for therapeutic selection, resulting in a more comprehensive tool for precision medicine. Initial strategic partners include AstraZeneca (AZN), Janssen Biotech, a Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) company, and Sanofi (SNY). Illumina is working with the strategic partners to develop assays that detect and measure multiple variants simultaneously to support partners’ clinical trials, with the objectives of securing regulatory agency approvals and test commercialization. In parallel, Illumina is working with key thought leaders to set standards for NGS-based assays in routine clinical oncology practice, as well as to define regulatory frameworks to enable this new testing paradigm. Together, Illumina and its strategic partners aim to transition from single-analyte companion diagnostics to panel-based assays that select for “companion therapeutics.”
August 20, 2014
10:04 EDTILMNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:18 EDTILMNIllumina upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush
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August 19, 2014
11:32 EDTILMNLabCorp prenatal test a negative for Sequenom, says Maxim
Maxim views LabCorp's (LH) announcement today that it will begin offering the informaSeq prenatal test as a long-term negative for Sequenom (SQNM) due to increased competition. The news is also negative for Illumina (ILMN) and PerkinElmer (PKI), who both offer Non-Invasive Prenatal Tests, Maxim adds. The firm recommends buying shares of LabCorp and keeps a Buy rating on the name with a $130 price target.

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