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Pacific Biosciences Releases New Software and Chemistry for Sequel System

MENLO PARK, Calif., Aug. 04, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc. (PACB) today announced it has released a set of key updates for the Sequel™ System, the company’s latest product based on its Single Molecule, Real-Time (SMRT®) Sequencing technology. The new release provides performance improvements via updated sequencing chemistry, optimized sample clean-up protocols, and associated software that together further improve read lengths, throughput and accuracy of the system. In addition, as customers upgrade their Sequel Systems to the new software and chemistry, they will no longer be subject to the supply constraints for SMRT Cells that were in effect earlier this year.

“These updates reinforce our continued commitment to improving SMRT Sequencing throughput, read length, and accuracy through optimized protocols and chemistry to enhance applications, such as de novo assembly, targeted sequencing, and the Iso-Seq™ method for RNA analysis,” said Kevin Corcoran, Senior Vice President of Market Development for Pacific Biosciences. “With this release, we have removed SMRT Cell supply constraints as we begin to source SMRT Cells for the Sequel System from our high-volume supplier.”

Yi Han, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine, who had early access to the new chemistry and software commented: “We are very impressed with the data we are getting with the latest update to the...