10x Genomics, Inc. and MGI, a subsidiary of BGI, today announced that the BGISEQ-500RS genetic sequencer has met the rigorous standards of the new 10x Genomics Compatible Program. MGI will also ensure that the MGISEQ series genetic sequencers will meet the 10x Genomics Compatible Program standards before shipping the instruments in February 2018.
This is the first partnership for the 10x Genomics Compatible Program, which will build a global partnership ecosystem to further enable 10x Genomics’ sequencing applications. The 10x Genomics Compatible Program seeks to establish a global ecosystem of sequencing-based vendors to deliver complete workflow solutions to customers.
“MGI will have four sequencers on the market—the BGISEQ-500RS, BGISEQ-50, MGISEQ-2000 and MGISEQ- 200—that can support researchers in developing advanced genomics applications,” said Feng Mu, chief executive officer of MGI. “By participating in the 10x Genomics Compatible Program, MGI will provide a powerful solution to our customers for both Linked-Read genomics and single cell studies.”
Under the program, MGI will first establish compatibility of the MGI sequencers for the Chromium™ Genome and Single Cell 3’ Solutions. Compatibility with the Chromium™ Genome Solution will enable BGISEQ and MGISEQ customers to access long range information on a genome-wide scale, including variant calling, phasing and extensive characterization of genomic structure, unlocking critical genomic insights for heritable disorders and cancer. A compatible workflow with the Chromium™ Single Cell 3’ Solution will further enable discovery of new gene expression insights on a cell-by-cell basis.
“It is important for our customers to see rigorous demonstrations of the compatibility of our products with new sequencing platforms, like those being developed by BGI/MGI,” said Serge Saxonov, Ph.D., co-founder and chief executive officer of 10x Genomics. “This is an important part of expanding market adoption for our technology, and MGI is a key partner for addressing this growing need for sequencing applications in Asia and other parts of the globe.”