"We are delighted to have Roche as our in vitro diagnostics partner," stated Mike Hunkapiller, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Biosciences. "As a world leader in in vitro diagnostics, Roche brings valuable expertise in designing products for clinical use and obtaining regulatory approvals to sell clinical products in the U.S. and around the world. We believe the combination of our SMRT Sequencing technology with Roche's market position and expertise in diagnostics will allow accelerated commercial success for both companies."
Commenting on the agreement, Dan Zabrowski, Head of the Sequencing Unit at Roche said, "We see great potential in Pacific Biosciences' sequencing technology for the development of future clinical sequencing applications. Sequencing will be a key technology in addressing the strong and growing demand for genetic and genomic solutions in the clinic. We are looking forward to this partnership to accelerate and support the transition of DNA sequencing into routine diagnostics through our joint development efforts."