Illumina Announces P3 High-Output Flow Cell, NextSeq 1000

November 13, 2020

By Bio-IT World Staff

November 13, 2020 | Illumina has announced the commercial availability of the P3 high-output  flow cell, offering 1.1 billion reads in a single sequencing run. The company also announced the commercial availability of the NextSeq 1000.

“The advanced yet affordable P3 flow cell for the NextSeq 2000 gives customers more capacity to increase the depth and breadth of their projects and the ability to stretch their project budgets, yielding deeper insights,” said Susan Tousi, Chief Product Officer of Illumina, in the press release.

“At University of Edinburgh, our genomics work includes single cell RNA sequencing projects which are often limited by cost,” said Lee Murphy, Head of the Genetics Core at the Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility, in the same announcement. “With the NextSeq 2000 and P3 kits, we are experiencing higher output enabling more complex, informative studies which increases the value of our offerings to our world class researchers.”

“The NextSeq 2000 has enabled us to bring sequencing in-house that we would otherwise have to outsource,” said Bryan Venters, Director of Genomic Technologies at EpiCypher, an epigenetic technology company located in North Carolina. “This is critical because it gives us control over our development pipeline. With the release of the P3 cartridge, it will enable higher throughput sequencing and faster turnaround times.” 

The P3 flow cell is available in four configurations, including 100-, 200- and 300-cycles, delivering 110 Gb, 220 Gb, and 330 Gb per run, respectively. In response to customer feedback, Illumina is also launching a 50-cycle kit, targeting infectious disease, small RNA, and spatial transcriptomics applications. Additionally, at the outset of 2021, the NextSeq1000 and NextSeq 2000 platforms will come with a tool designed to allow easy recycling of ~65% of the reagent cartridges used in each sequencing run.  

The NextSeq 1000 offers an even more accessible price point for sequencing up to 400 million reads per run. Like the NextSeq 2000, the NextSeq 1000 offers onboard informatics for rapid secondary analysis and cloud-based, loss-less compression technology—the first of its kind to offer genomic compression technology built-in. The systems were designed with customers in mind, offering not only a clearer path to deep, actionable insights, but also our most intuitive user experience yet.

“Both the NextSeq 1000 and NextSeq 2000 are designed to simplify workflows and empower labs of any size with the economy of scale to sequence more, more frequently,” said Mark Van Oene, Chief Commercial Officer of Illumina. “With lower run costs, we’re empowering our customers to more freely pursue their research ideas and drive genomics forward.”

The NextSeq 1000 and NextSeq 2000, as well as the P2 and P3 flow cells, are now available.