Life Technologies Partners with Ridom and Releases SeqSphere+ Software to Speed and Simplify Bacterial Typing

April 18th 2013

Life Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: LIFE) announced today that it is partnering with Ridom GmbH (Münster, Germany) to make SeqSphere+ whole genome bacterial typing software available for Ion Torrent users. This software enables any lab to perform fast, affordable, and automated high-resolution bacterial typing on the Ion Personal Genome Machine® (PGM™) sequencer. Up to now, typing methods have lacked discriminatory power, been difficult to standardize, or been labor intensive. SeqSphere+ automated software enables any microbiologist to use a genome-wide approach, typing hundreds to thousands of genes, resulting in higher discrimination and more accurate typing of bacteria. "It is our aim to deliver a fully integrated turnkey solution for public health and clinical research microbiology," said Dr. Dag Harmsen, University Hospital Muenster, Germany, who is also co-managing director of Ridom and was central in sequencing the deadly E. coli O104:H4 that killed more than 40 people in Germany in 2011. "Together our solution provides an easy workflow with nearly no user intervention, delivering high-quality results using the Ion PGM System. We are excited and feel privileged to work together with the developer/vendor of the fastest evolving benchtop NGS platform, Ion Torrent."

The Ion PGM Sequencer is already in use for subtyping flu viruses by the Global Influenza Network, a collaborative effort between Life Technologies and scientists at a number of the world's leading government public health organizations, veterinary agencies and research institutes. The network focuses on increasing speed, cost effectiveness and accuracy of influenza monitoring and vaccine development. Members share tools, experience and data using the PathAmp™ FluA Reagents and the Ion PGM™ sequencer.

Bacterial typing using Ion Torrent technology is fast and affordable. Bacterial typing can be performed in less than a day from library prep to data analysis. The complete solution includes: Ion Xpress® Plus Fragment Library Kit for library construction, Ion Chef® System for high throughput sequencing or Ion OneTouch® 2 System to automate template preparation, Ion PGM® Sequencer and Ion Chips with the 400 base-pair kit for long, accurate reads in as little as three hours, Torrent Suite Software & Ridom SeqSphere+ Software for easy data analysis & assembly.

SeqSphere+ features include:

Products referenced above are For Research Use only, not for use in diagnostic procedures.


About Ridom
Ridom GmbH (Münster, Germany) is a by scientists privately owned bioinformatics company serving the microbiological community already for more than ten years. Ridom has pioneered typing efforts with a software tool (Ridom StaphType) for Staphylococcus aureus. The company has developed and maintains the worldwide largest sequence-based bacterial typing database (Ridom SpaServer). The new Ridom SeqSphere+ software again elevates microbial typing to the next level as it provides a NGS bacterial typing solution for any bacteria, any study type, any lab.


About Life Technologies
Life Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: LIFE) is a global biotechnology company that is committed to providing the most innovative products and services to leading customers in the fields of scientific research, genetic analysis and applied sciences. With a presence in more than 180 countries, the company's portfolio of 50,000 end-to-end solutions is secured by more than 5,000 patents and licenses that span the entire biological spectrum -- scientific exploration, molecular diagnostics, 21st century forensics, regenerative medicine and agricultural research. Life Technologies has approximately 10,000 employees and had sales of $3.8 billion in 2012.

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