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Next Generation Sequencing Technology: An Open Letter From Mostafa Ronaghi

Mostafa Ronaghi, Illumina

Dear Colleagues,

Launched in 1990, the Human Genome Project involved thousands of scientists across the globe and took 13 years to complete. Using capillary electrophoresis-based Sanger sequencing, it cost nearly $3 billion. In 2014 Illumina announced the first technology that could sequence a whole genome for less than $1,000.

While there has been accelerated progress in NGS technologies, we are only beginning to understand the clinical significance of the genome; in the next decade, we hope to decrease the cost of sequencing a whole genome further still to $100.

With the ability to sequence en masse, there will be a shift in healthcare to the more precise. Discoveries that were unimaginable even a few years ago will become routine, and it has only just begun.

On the 4 – 5 December, I will be attending the NGS Tech and Applications strand of the 4Bio Summit. Please join me in London to review recent technologies, emerging applications and future directions in genomics.

Best wishes,

Mostafa Ronaghi
Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, Illumina

Register now and gain access to all four co-located meetings.4Bio Summit

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