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Life Tech, Boston Children’s Hospital launch clinical genomics company
February 2013
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SAN FRANCISCO—Life Technologies Corp. and Boston Children's Hospital announced in early January the launch of Claritas Genomics, a new company formed to develop next-generation, genetic and genomics-based diagnostic testing solutions. The venture combines advanced instrumentation, software and bioinformatics capabilities with sophisticated clinical interpretation of test results and consultation by specialist physicians and medical genomics experts at Boston Children's.  
 
Claritas Genomics, which will be majority-owned by Children's, will incorporate the expertise, assets and personnel of the hospital's Genetic Diagnostic Lab, a CLIA- certified center that already offers more than 100 genetic tests, including many specialized diagnostics developed at Boston Children's. It will leverage Life Technologies' Ion Proton Sequencer, a benchtop technology that can be scaled for mass application for new tests that the company plans to develop.  
 
"While a number of academic and private ventures are offering genomic sequencing and molecular diagnostics to the public, no other partnership has integrated all the elements—fast, accurate genomic sequencing, bioinformatics, CLIA expertise and access to researchers and clinicians who can interpret the data in a meaningful way," said Sandra Fenwick, president and chief operating officer of Boston Children's. "We want to advance the standard of care, create a seamless experience and extend it to children and adults across the U.S. and around the world."
 
"Our investment in Claritas Genomics is a prime example of strategic partnerships Life Technologies is entering into to accelerate the use of accurate genomic information in medical practice," said Greg Lucier, chairman and CEO of Life Technologies. "This new venture serves as a model for future endeavors to demonstrate the validation of our Ion Torrent technology in an integrated laboratory workflow designed for clinical applications related to pediatrics and inherited diseases."
 
 

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