SeqMatic is a next-generation DNA sequencing service provider. SeqMatic was founded by world-leading scientists who were part of the revolutionary R&D team at Illumina (a company whose products enable researchers to explore DNA at an entirely new scale). SeqMatic’sclients include some of the largest genomics and transcriptomics research facilities like Stanford and Harvard University, the USDA and FDA, and the Allen Institute for Brain Science.
Compared to the initial Human Genome Project which took over 10 years and cost nearly $3 billion, Next-Gen DNA sequencing (NGS) today is incredibly fast and inexpensive, making large-scale whole-genome sequencing accessible and practical for the average researcher. The Illumina HiSeq X Ten System, for example, can churn out 18,000 genome studies a year. This is enabling researchers to use DNA sequencing across many fields and purposes. As Next-Generation Sequencing Machines have high upfront costs, researchers turn to DNA sequencing service providers like SeqMatic. Once SeqMatic receives the samples, they run the DNA sequence and send the results files back to the customer for further analysis.
However, a single DNA sequencing run can churn out up to 1 TB of raw data, which then needs to be stored, protected, and made available to the scientists. All of this has to be done cost effectively, too. This is not just at budget-constrained universities, even large pharmaceutical firms need their IT departments to operate with utmost efficiency.