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New Ion Torrent™ Training Piloted in Foster City

PGM Pilot

May 13, 2011 - With its speed, simplicity, and scalability, the Ion Torrent™ Personal Genome Machine™ (PGM™) Sequencer is on pace to become our most widely adopted next-generation sequencing platform ever. To meet the growing demand, the Life Technologies University training team recently piloted the PGM™ System Operational Training and PGM™ Library Preparation Training courses to our own field personnel from around the globe.

Held at our Application Support Center in Foster City, this new training represents the first of several options that will be offered by Life Technologies to ensure customers can quickly ramp-up and be successful with their PGM sequencer. In attendance at the pilot training were field applications and technical support scientists from North America, Latin America, and Asia, all of whom provided valuable feedback on this inaugural class.

PGM™ System Operational Training (NGS-230, 2 ½ days) provides an overview of the Ion Torrent™ Personal Genome Machine™ technology including instrument operation and hardware, library preparation, emulsion PCR, ion sphere particles preparation and deposition, quality control runs, troubleshooting, and data analysis. An overview of the chemistry used in the Ion Torrent™ Personal Genome Machine™ will be provided. The course provides hands-on training including initiating and monitoring several runs during class, creating ion sphere particles for the first run, and setting up multiple emulsions.

PGM™ Library Preparation Training (NGS-228, 2 days) is designed for individuals preparing genomic and/or amplicon DNA libraries for sequencing on the Ion Torrent™ Personal Genome Machine™ and seeking detailed knowledge of the molecular biology techniques used for library construction. The course includes in-depth discussions on Ion Torrent™ Personal Genome Machine™ library construction and the molecular biology strategies that are used in the workflow. Upon completion of the library preparation protocol, participants will each have their own control library to use with their Ion Torrent™ Personal Genome Machine™ System. Information and strategies for different sequencing applications and how these relate to library construction and preparation of genomic samples will also be provided.

To see these and all available PGM™ sequencer training options, including course dates, please visit