Corporate Banner
Satellite Banner
Next Gen Sequencing
Scientific Community
 
Become a Member | Sign in
Home>News>This Article
  News
Return

Illumina Awarded FDA Contract for NGS Technology to Identify Foodborne Pathogens

Published: Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Last Updated: Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Bookmark and Share
Agency selects MiSeq® system for program to explore NGS as mechanism to enhance food safety.

Illumina, Inc. has announced that it was awarded a contract from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to provide the agency with MiSeq sequencing systems and reagents for conducting whole genome analysis on produce and produce-related environmental Salmonella and shigatoxigenic E. coli isolates. The contract is worth up to $17 million over a period of five years.

The FDA currently has several MiSeq systems already deployed and is building its existing capacity to provide resources and training to enhance whole genome sequencing capabilities as part of a proof-of-concept initiative.

More immediately, the agency is looking to collect data that is crucial to source tracking Salmonella that may be involved in future produce-related outbreaks.

Using MiSeq, the FDA's national and state laboratories, where numerous and diverse enteric pathogens are detected, isolated and processed, will be able to generate high-quality whole genome sequences from historical pathogen collections and from bacteria collected from produce sources across the country.

Sequencing data will be uploaded real-time to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) curated database, thereby enhancing the database's power for source tracking queries.

This data will serve as early proof-of-concept for rapid networking of resources using a whole genome sequencing based approach to pathogen detection, identification and traceback.

"Illumina applauds the FDA's commitment to improving the public's safety from foodborne illness outbreaks, as demonstrated by its decision to further integrate whole genome sequencing into its efforts," said Christian Henry, SVP and General Manager of Illumina's Genomic Solutions business.

Henry continued, "We are extremely pleased MiSeq was selected as the technology platform for this large-scale initiative. We are well-positioned to deliver on the program's requirements, based on MiSeq's rapid turnaround time, unmatched accuracy, and ease-of-use, as well as our proven track record."

Sequencing provides accurate subtyping and cluster analysis for investigating food-borne outbreaks and traceback to the food or environmental source.

However, conventional molecular typing tools lack the resolution for differentiating tightly linked bacterial isolates and provide limited genetic differentiation of certain strains such as Salmonella.

MiSeq is ideally suited for screening bacterial pathogens due in part to its speed, simple workflow, high resolution, and accuracy, which enhance the ability to identify close related bacterial isolates.

This project supports FDA's mission of protecting public health by generating baseline data to identify and remove contaminated produce from the nation's food supply.

Currently Salmonella is the leading cause of food-borne illness in the United States.


Further Information

Join For Free

Access to this exclusive content is for Technology Networks Premium members only.

Join Technology Networks Premium for free access to:

  • Exclusive articles
  • Presentations from international conferences
  • Over 4,000+ scientific posters on ePosters
  • More than 5,300+ scientific videos on LabTube
  • 35 community eNewsletters


Sign In



Forgotten your details? Click Here
If you are not a member you can join here

*Please note: By logging into TechnologyNetworks.com you agree to accept the use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our privacy policy.

Related Content

Illumina, Mayo Clinic Partner
Partnership aims to make advancements in NGS technology with the intent to accelerate Mayo’s delivery of genetic and genomic expertise.
Friday, November 11, 2016
Illumina Contributes to ClinVar Database
The contribution includes variants of all classifications, from pathogenic to benign, identified during interpretation of whole genome sequences generated in the CLIA-certified, CAP-accredited Illumina Clinical Services Laboratory.
Friday, October 21, 2016
Illumina, FlowJo Partner
Companies to develop software for analysis and reporting of single cell data will advance research into cell function, disease progression, and therapeutic response.
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Illumina and 10x Genomics Announce Co-Marketing Relationship
Illumina and 10x Genomics have announced building partnership to promote 10x Genomics linked-read sequencing products and Illumina sequencing systems.
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Illumina Files Patent Infringement Suit in the UK Against Premaitha Health
Suit is filed for Infringement of NIPT Patents.
Monday, March 16, 2015
Illumina Revenues Jump 35 Percent
Company’s Third Quarter 2014 Results Announced.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Initial Companies Focused on Breakthrough Applications in Therapeutics, Agriculture, and Molecular Pathology
The selection of three startup companies for the inaugural Illumina Accelerator funding cycle are announced.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Illumina's HiSeq X Ten Sequencing Technology for Population Studies
Next-generation sequencing technologies to be implemented at new High-Throughput Genomics Center for the MENA region.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Illumina Announces Pricing of Convertible Senior Notes
The Notes are being offered to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act").
Monday, June 09, 2014
Novogene Acquires an Illumina HiSeq X Ten Sequencing System
First-in-China deal Iincreases Novogene's investment in Illumina's Next-Generation Sequencing technology.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Macrogen, Inc. Increases Investment in Illumina’s Next-Generation Sequencing Technology
New purchase includes ten HiSeq 2000®Systems, HiSeq 2500® upgrades, and two MiSeq®Systems.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Illumina's Board Unanimously Rejects Roche's Unsolicited Tender Offer
Urges stockholders not to tender their shares, company considers offer inadequate.
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Scientific News
Big Genetics in BC: The American Society for Human Genetics 2016 Meeting
Themes at this year's meeting ranged from the verification, validation, and sharing of data, to the translation of laboratory findings into actionable clinical results.
Accelerating the Detection of Foodborne Bacterial Outbreaks
The speed of diagnosis of foodborne bacterial outbreaks could be improved by a new technique developed by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Antibiotics Discovered While Sifting Through Human Microbiome
Researchers identify genes in a microbe’s genome that produce antibiotic compounds, then synthesize them without the need for bacterial culture.
A Genome-wide View of Human DNA Viruses
In this study, Duplex sequencing was used to accurately analyse the genome-wide rate of spontaneous mutation of human adenovirus C5 (HAdv5).
Peer Review is in Crisis, But Should be Fixed, Not Abolished
After the time to get the science done, peer review has become the slowest step in the process of sharing studies, and some scientists have had enough.
Rare Immunodeficiency Yields Unexpected Insights
Scientists uncover previously unknown gene mutation revealing the role of a key molecule involved in immune cell development.
Cancer Genetics: Key to Diagnosis, Therapy
When applied judiciously, cancer genetics directs caregivers to the right drug at the right time, while sparing patients of unnecessary or harmful treatments.
Illumina Contributes to ClinVar Database
The contribution includes variants of all classifications, from pathogenic to benign, identified during interpretation of whole genome sequences generated in the CLIA-certified, CAP-accredited Illumina Clinical Services Laboratory.
Agilent Presents Early Career Professor Award to Dr. Roeland Verhaak
JAX professor recognized for the development and implementation of workflows for the analysis of big-data from transcriptomics to next generation sequencing approaches.
Integrated Omics Analysis
Studying multi-omics promises to give a more holistic picture of the organism and its place in its ecosystem, however despite the complexities involved those within the field are optimistic.
Skyscraper Banner

SELECTBIO Market Reports
Go to LabTube
Go to eposters
 
Access to the latest scientific news
Exclusive articles
Upload and share your posters on ePosters
Latest presentations and webinars
View a library of 1,800+ scientific and medical posters
4,000+ scientific and medical posters
A library of 2,500+ scientific videos on LabTube
5,300+ scientific videos
Close
Premium CrownJOIN TECHNOLOGY NETWORKS PREMIUM FOR FREE!