The Icahn Institute at Mount Sinai Selects Ion Torrent Sequencing Technology to Drive Discovery in State-of-the-Art Genomics Research Center

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Mauricio Minotta        
Thermo Fisher Scientific                     
Carlsbad, CA, USA

Glenn Farrell
Icahn Institute at Mount Sinai
New York, NY, USA

Scientists to sequence hundreds of thousands of DNA samples on the Ion Proton System
CARLSBAD, CA and NEW YORK, NY– Sept. 11, 2014 -- Thermo Fisher Scientific and the Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology at Mount Sinai today announced the selection of a suite of 16 next generation sequencing (NGS) systems and ancillary technology from the Ion Torrent portfolio for genomics research in a new, state-of-the art facility designed for studies requiring large volumes of samples.

In October 2014, eight Ion Proton Sequencers, eight Ion Chef Systems, the Torrent Suite Variant Caller and AmpliSeq Custom Panels will be deployed in Mount Sinai’s new genomics research center located in Branford, Connecticut.  This highly automated NGS facility will focus on large volume sequencing projects for research applications. Thermo Fisher collaborated with Mount Sinai researchers to develop custom AmpliSeq targets derived for gene targets chosen by Mount Sinai investigators to comprise the largest custom panel to date (26,000 amplicons across two pools). 

“After considering the sequencing systems on the market, the Ion Proton was a clear choice for high-throughput targeted sequencing,” said Robert Sebra, PhD, Director of Technology Development and Assistant Professor of Genetics and Genomic Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “Its low per-sample cost, robustness across sample types, rapid end-to-end data generation, and the breadth of the AmpliSeq targeted custom panel for screening hundreds of targeted genes in a single sequencing assay indicated the platform as a highly efficient system for addressing the large volume and diversity of samples we intend to sequence in our new NGS lab.”
The new custom panel covers over 700 genes that have been known to increase the risk for inherited genetic diseases, cancer, cardiovascular, obesity, and other disorders.  The Ion Proton platform will also be deployed in support of Mount Sinai’s Resilience Project, a research program that aims to identify and better understand genes and other factors that may protect certain individuals from developing rare catastrophic diseases.  Across a range of major projects, the Icahn Institute at Mount Sinai plans to sequence hundreds of thousands of samples over the next two-to-three years.

“We are developing a wide array of clinical tests to be run on the Ion Proton platform with high throughput, targeted sequencing of large volumes of samples in our new NGS facility at the Mount Sinai Health System.  For example, New York State Department of Health recently approved a test for clinical care for different types of cancer using specific mutations represented on our new ‘Ion AmpliSeq Cancer Hotspot Panel,’ which interrogates hotspot regions of oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes,” said Eric Schadt, Ph.D., the Jean C. and James W. Crystal Professor of Genomics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Founding Director of the Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology. “As we scale up to processing large volumes of samples, we expect to rapidly advance our translational research findings in major disease areas such as cancer, rare inherited disorders, and characterization of risk across a broad spectrum of common human diseases.  I appreciate the fruitful collaboration with Thermo Fisher to maximize the utility of the Ion Proton System for our needs.”

"Ion’s rapid and scalable sequencing platforms, coupled with the accuracy of our AmpliSeq panel technology are key complimentary components that are enabling a growing number of large-scale studies such as the Resilience Project,” said Chris Linthwaite, Head of the Research Business Unit, Genetic Sciences, Thermo Fisher Scientific. “We are at the start of an exciting era of genomic research in which leading scientists will improve the way we understand and address human disease.” 
Daniela Starcevic, PhD, Assistant Professor, Genetics and Genomic Sciences and Director of Diagnostic Sequencing, and Joel Dudley, PhD, Assistant Professor, Genetics and Genomic Sciences and Director of Biomedical Informatics, both at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, will be among the featured presenters at the Ion World Tour 2014 user group meetings taking place Sept. 29 in Burlington, Calif., and Oct. 7 in New York City.
Ion Proton, Ion Chef and AmpliSeq Custom Panels are for research use only; not for use in diagnostic procedures.

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About the Mount Sinai Health System
The Mount Sinai Health System is an integrated health system committed to providing distinguished care, conducting transformative research, and advancing biomedical education. Structured around seven member hospital campuses and a single medical school, the Health System has an extensive ambulatory network and a range of inpatient and outpatient services—from community‐based facilities to tertiary and quaternary care.

The System includes approximately 6,600 primary and specialty care physicians, 12‐minority‐owned free‐standing ambulatory surgery centers, over 45 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, and Long Island, as well as 31 affiliated community health centers. Physicians are affiliated with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is ranked among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institutes of Health funding and by U.S. News & World Report.
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