Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ: ILMN) today announced that it has signed deals with 12 customers for its new Infinium® Global Screening Array (GSA). In total, the company has received orders for more than 3 million samples of the new consortia-developed array. Initial customers include human disease researchers at The Broad Institute and deCODE Genetics, health systems Avera Health, Codigo46, Diagnomics, Eone Diagnomics Genome Center (EDGC), Sanford Health and UCLA Health System, genomic service providers Centre National de Genotypage, Human Genomics Facility HuGeF, Erasmus MC, Life and Brain, and consumer genomics company 23andMe, Inc.
“The array content includes highly predictive hand-curated content, as well as high value markers for translational research applications and sample quality control (QC) designed to be useful across a broad range of applications, populations and diseases,” said Benjamin Neale, PhD, Assistant Professor, Analytic and Translational Genetics Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital and The Broad Institute, who led the predictive content selection for the consortia.
“The early adoption of the GSA, represented by these deals, illustrates the widespread market demand for genotyping products and the continued relevance of arrays in human disease and translational research,” said Rob Brainin, Vice President and General Manager, Applied Genomics at Illumina. “We expect that the value of the content on this array will lead to widespread use in clinical research, including precision medicine programs, predictive risk screening, large scale genome-wide association studies, and in biobank sample characterization and quality control.”