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POLARIS Announces Illumina CSPro Certification For Sequencing

3/14/2014 9:26:07 AM

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Singapore, 14 March 2014 – The POLARIS laboratory at the Genome Institute of Singapore (POLARIS@GIS) announced that it has successfully completed Illumina CSPro™ certification for Sequencing, gaining entry to an elite group of Illumina genomics service providers globally. Illumina Inc., a San Diego-based company, provides leading-edge genetic analysis tools to genomics centers worldwide.

Illumina CSPro is the collaborative service provider partnership dedicated to ensuring the delivery of the highest-quality data available for genetic analysis applications. Illumina CSPro participants undergo a rigorous two-phase certification process that includes minimum data generation, data certification, and an on-site audit of the facility and processes.

“We are pleased to be the first laboratory in South-East Asia to attain the CSPro certification for Sequencing. This facility provides clinician scientists and researchers with rapid access to genomics services, and enables them to develop laboratory tests for eventual clinical use,” said Dr Christopher Wong, Chief Operating Officer, POLARIS.

The POLARIS (Personalised OMIC Lattice for Advanced Research and Improving Stratification) initiative is funded by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). The initiative introduces and embeds OMIC information into the diagnosis and treatment of medical diseases. OMIC is the general term for a broad discipline of science and engineering for analysing biological interactions.

"Illumina CSPro recognizes organizations that provide customers with industry-leading data quality and service in genetic analysis," said Christian Henry, Illumina's Senior Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer. "POLARIS@GIS is now a CSPro in Singapore, able to provide sequencing services using Illumina technology. Now that POLARIS is a global CSPro partner, we are excited to work with them to make it easier for researchers in Singapore to access the power of Illumina's genetic analysis technologies."

For media queries, please contact:

Dr Christopher Wong
Chief Operating Officer, GIS
DID: 6808 8103

Genome Institute of Singapore
Winnie Lim
Head, Office of Corporate Communications
DID: 6808 8013

About POLARIS Programme

POLARIS is a strategic initiative for introducing and embedding OMIC information into disease diagnosis and treatment in Singapore. Funded by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), the POLARIS@GIS laboratory is located within the Genome Institute of Singapore.

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About the Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS)

The Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS) is an institute of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). It has a global vision that seeks to use genomic sciences to improve public health and public prosperity. Established in 2001 as a centre for genomic discovery, the GIS will pursue the integration of technology, genetics and biology towards the goal of individualized medicine.

The key research areas at the GIS include Human Genetics, Infectious Diseases, Cancer Therapeutics and Stratified Oncology, Stem Cell and Developmental Biology, Cancer Stem Cell Biology, Genomic Technologies, Computational and Systems Biology, and Translational Technologies. The genomics infrastructure at the GIS is utilized to train new scientific talent, to function as a bridge for academic and industrial research, and to explore scientific questions of high impact.

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About the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is Singapore's lead public sector agency that fosters world-class scientific research and talent to drive economic growth and transform Singapore into a vibrant knowledge-based and innovation driven economy.
In line with its mission-oriented mandate, A*STAR spearheads research and development in fields that are essential to growing Singapore’s manufacturing sector and catalysing new growth industries. A*STAR supports these economic clusters by providing intellectual, human and industrial capital to its partners in industry.
A*STAR oversees 18 biomedical sciences and physical sciences and engineering research entities, located in Biopolis and Fusionopolis, as well as their vicinity. These two R&D hubs house a bustling and diverse community of local and international research scientists and engineers from A*STAR’s research entities as well as a growing number of corporate laboratories.
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