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llumina Launches the NeoPrep Library Prep System

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Illumina, Inc. has announced the launch of the NeoPrep™ Library Prep System, which greatly simplifies library preparation and delivers high-quality sequencing-ready libraries for next-generation sequencing (NGS).

The newest addition to the Illumina portfolio of NGS solutions consists of a NeoPrep desktop instrument, disposable library cards, and reagents.

Together with Illumina sequencers and the BaseSpace® computing environment, the new system plays an integral role in providing NGS users with the easiest, most efficient and complete workflow.

The NeoPrep System is the first commercially available product that performs library prep, quantification and normalization, in a single, self-contained instrument. Innovative digital microfluidics technology decreases hands-on time from several hours to 30 minutes.

By precisely manipulating droplets within the tightly controlled library card environment, the system delivers reliable, high-quality DNA and RNA libraries from starting amounts 4 to 10 times lower than those required for equivalent manual assays.

By creating 16 libraries per run, users can prepare up to 160 libraries per week, providing an affordable, walk-away solution that simplifies lab processes, and reduces the need for ancillary equipment and user-supplied reagents and consumables.

“Illumina is enabling the broadest-possible adoption of NGS across research, clinical, and applied markets,” said Kirk Malloy, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Illumina’s Life Science Business. “The NeoPrep System is a key milestone in the evolution of NGS technology. It makes NGS accessible to any lab by radically simplifying the library preparation process, creating a seamless workflow of Illumina solutions for library preparation, sequencing, and data analysis. By continuing to drive adoption of NGS, we aim to help our customers generate new discoveries and applications in oncology, reproductive health, forensics, microbiology, and other key markets.”

The NeoPrep System is designed for use with the Illumina portfolio of library preparation kits, supporting the most commonly used NGS applications on all Illumina sequencing systems. Each kit includes the library card as well as all reagents required to create NeoPrep libraries.

The NeoPrep System and NeoPrep versions of the TruSeq® Nano DNA Kit and TruSeq Stranded mRNA Kit will begin shipping in March 2015. Additional library preparation products will become available later in the year, including NeoPrep versions of the TruSeq DNA PCR-Free Kit and other targeted resequencing kits.