Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) Implementation

3 Critical Best Practices from Industry Experts

In the two months since the launch of the Platform for Science Marketplace and our collection of preconfigured apps for next-generation sequencing, we’ve seen a tremendous interest in our solutions from a diverse set of labs. Biogen, Mount Sinai’s Genetic Testing Laboratory, Illumina, and Thermo Fisher Scientific are among the key customers who have recently deployed NGS genomic data management solutions into production.

Each of these laboratories (and the others not named in the release who have implemented our solutions recently) have unique NGS workflows encompassing different sequencing instruments, sample preparation protocols, and contexts (from internal research programs to delivering NGS services to support diagnostic testing and clinical research). But all were able to rapidly implement flexible solutions that facilitate their science, without requiring any custom code.

“We’re taking volumes and volumes of data and looking for needle-in-the-haystack changes that will drive our research program,” said one of the experts we interviewed at one large biopharma. “But the results won’t happen overnight. We need to constantly prove our value, which means delivering services to the enterprise and information to our leaders so that they can make smart decisions about what to do next.” In the decade since NGS was first introduced the technology has come of age. Organizations now have a much better understanding of how to best deploy NGS to capitalize on genomic data. It’s an enabling technology; goals vary widely and have led organizations to make different choices about how best to deploy NGS. Yet all organizations share a common challenge: How to balance the costs associated with maintaining NGS infrastructure and resources with the need to deliver quality results, rapidly and cost effectively.

We spoke with leaders at three very different organizations and learned that they agree on three critical capabilities that are essential to achieving that balance. We discuss those capabilities in detail in a new white paper that we published today. Titled “Next-Generation Sequencing Comes of Age: Tips from Industry Leaders,” the white paper outlines three requirements for driving business value with NGS. We encourage you to download the paper yourself to learn from your peers how to organize an NGS lab to produce results—and the vital role that flexible informatics can play in supporting you along the way.

For more information on solutions, download our white paper.


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