Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ:ILMN) today announced the introduction of its rapid Individual Genome Sequencing (IGS) service with a turnaround time in as little as two weeks. Rapid turnaround whole genome sequencing services were announced by Illumina in June 2012, enabled by technology innovations to the HiSeq® platform. Now these advancements have been implemented in Illumina’s CLIA-certified laboratory to enable the same fast turnaround for the IGS service.
The IGS service is only available through a physician’s order and is designed to assist clinicians with diagnosis and treatment decisions. As the only CLIA-certified, CAP-accredited whole genome sequencing service laboratory in the world, Illumina continues to increase access and lay the foundation for routine clinical use of whole-genome sequencing.
“Illumina has long believed that sequencing will become a mainstream practice in the clinical setting. By delivering a whole human genome in as little as two weeks, we have taken significant strides towards that goal,” said Illumina President and CEO Jay Flatley. “Whole genome sequencing is quickly gaining recognition for its potential in diagnostics and treatment decisions, particularly in cases where physicians are challenged with identifying a disorder based on symptoms that don't quite fit with a known disease. When this happens, rapid whole-genome sequencing can provide big-picture information about genetic makeup, enabling physicians to make more informed decisions and patients to obtain answers more quickly.”
Validated for laboratory use in accordance with CLIA and CAP regulations and guidelines, Illumina’s fast IGS service uses Illumina’s HiSeq 2500® sequencing system, which is capable of completing a sequencing run on a whole human genome in one day. The service will continue to deliver the highest quality, most comprehensive data with the broadest coverage of exomic, promoter, and regulatory regions, as well as fully annotated variants to facilitate clinical interpretation, now available faster. Illumina is also working on a suite of analytic tools and professional services in collaboration with physicians and medical geneticists to improve clinical interpretation.