Illumina to partner for automation of sample preparation kits

Illumina (ILMN) is collaborating with leading providers of liquid handling robotic platforms to develop automation methods for its TruSeq and Nextera Sample Preparation kits. Initial partners in this effort are Beckman Coulter Life Sciences, Eppendorf, Hamilton Robotics, PerkinElmer (PKI), and Tecan. Under the agreements, sample preparation kits sold by Illumina will be automated by the partners, who will develop, distribute and install the methods on customers' robots, as well as provide technical support.

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