Eric Schadt, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer of Pacific Biosciences and co-author of the paper commented: “We have reached a new era in which communities of researchers can rapidly share large-scale data sets and analyses vital for public health. Sequencing genomes in hours, as opposed to days or weeks, with unprecedented read lengths is the emerging hallmark of third generation DNA sequencing. The long PacBio RS reads enabled a PacBio-only de novo genome assembly, a key component of new pathogen characterization, as well as deeper insights into structural variants.”The paper is available at www.nejm.com. The data are available for the bioinformatics community at the PacBio developer’s network (DevNet) web site ( www.pacbiodevnet.com), where a suite of open source tools and other resources designed for SMRT sequence data are available to analyze the information. A summary of the sequencing project appears on the Pacific Biosciences website at http://blog.pacificbiosciences.com. More information about SMRT technology is available at www.pacificbiosciences.com . About Pacific Biosciences Pacific Biosciences’ mission is to transform the way humankind acquires, processes and interprets data from living systems through the design, development and commercialization of innovative tools for biological research. The company has developed a novel approach to studying the synthesis and regulation of DNA, RNA and proteins. Combining recent advances in nanofabrication, biochemistry, molecular biology, surface chemistry and optics, Pacific Biosciences has created a powerful technology platform called single molecule, real-time, or SMRT™, technology. SMRT technology enables real-time analysis of biomolecules with single molecule resolution, which has the potential to transform the understanding of biological systems by providing a window into these systems that has not previously been open for scientific study. Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements may contain words such as "believe," "may," "estimate," "anticipate," "continue," "intend," "expect," "plan," the negative of these terms, or other similar expressions, and include the assumptions that underlie such statements. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the Company’s SMRT technology. These statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements, including but not limited to risks discussed from time to time in documents Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc. has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the risks identified under the section captioned "Risk Factors" in its recently filed Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. All forward-looking statements are based on estimates, projections and assumptions as of the date hereof. Pacific Biosciences undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.