Ion Academy

Ion Academy is the exclusive Ion Torrent™–authorized user educational group—and there is no charge to participate. Live webinar sessions feature Ion Torrent product experts who provide users with:

  • Timely technical and protocol updates
  • First-hand information on new products and applications
  • Best practices, latest scientific papers, and customer testimonials

Signing up for Ion Academy provides Ion Torrent™ product users with alerts for upcoming events. Users also gain exclusive access to the Ion Academy private members’ site, where there are recordings of previous sessions, tips and tricks, new product details, and other valuable information. Ion Academy is only accessible to Ion Torrent product users.

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Ion Academy—Your learning hub: December 2, 2015

  • FAQs on the Ion S5™, Ion Proton™, and Ion PGM™ systems
  • Updates to Ion AmpliSeq™ Designer 5.0
  • Ion Reporter™ Software 5.0 integration with Thermo Fisher Cloud
  • Introduction to Applied Biosystems™ Analysis Module Next-Generation Confirmation Software
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Ion Academy—Your learning hub: October 13, 2015

  • New! Ion S5™ and Ion S5™ XL next-generation sequencing systems
  • Ion AmpliSeq™ Panels for inherited and infectious disease research, pharmacogenomics research, and gene fusion designs
  • Aneuploidy detection for research on preimplanted embryos, using the Ion ReproSeq™ PGS Kit
  • Navigating the updated Ion Community
  • Bioinformatics tools:
    • RNA-Seq plugin
    • Updates to the Ion Torrent AmpliSeq RNA plugin
    • Torrent Suite™ Software updates for more flexible variant analysis
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Ion Academy – Your learning hub: June 17, 2015

  • Ion Community updates
  • Unlocking the capabilities of the Ion Chef™ System
  • The Ion Torrent™ LiquidBiopsy™ Platform—analyze CTC, cfDNA and germline DNA from a single blood sample
  • NGS assay for the Ion PGM™ System: Oncomine™ Focus Assay
  • Ion Reporter™ Software 4.6—now supports Oncomine Focus Assay analysis
  • Torrent Suite™ operating system upgrade
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Ion Academy—Your learning hub: May 6, 2015

Ion Torrent bioinformatics
  • DataSafe™ Solutions—centralized data storage, built for your lab
Ion Torrent product tips and tricks
  • Ion AmpliSeq™ Designer—customize your targeted sequencing panels
  • Ion PGM™ System initialization optimization
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Ion Academy—Your learning hub: April 2, 2015

Ion Torrent™ updates
  • Ion PGM™ Hi-Q™ OT2 Kit launch
  • Ion PI™ Hi-Q™ Chef Kit launch
Ion Torrent™ product tips and tricks
  • Ion Torrent™ RNA sequencing products—how to deal with difficult samples
Ion Torrent™ bioinformatics
  • Torrent Suite™ Software 4.4—tips for reference management and run plan sharing
  • Ion PI™ Hi-Q™ Kit performance assessment
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Ion Academy—Your learning hub: March 5th, 2015

Ion Torrent™ applied research solutions
  • Ion AmpliSeq™ panels for human identity and ancestry
  • The NXType™ NGS HLA Typing Research Solution on the Ion PGM™ Sequencer
Ion Torrent™ updates
  • Highlights from the 16th Annual AGBT Meeting
  • Introduction to the Ion Proton™ Hi-Q™ Sequencing kits
Ion Torrent™ product tips and tricks
  • Using FFPE samples for Ion AmpliSeq™ DNA and RNA analysis
Ion Torrent™ bioinformatics
  • Simple workflow for transcriptome data analysis using the Ion AmpliSeq™ Transcriptome Solution

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Ion Academy—Your learning hub: February 4, 2015

Ion Torrent™ products
  • Community panels-the new, consortia-designed Ion AmpliSeq™ panels in 8-reaction trial pack sizes
  • Exploring the Ion PGM™ Hi-Q™ Chef Kit
Ion Torrent™ tips and tricks
  • Initialisation & auto pH tips and tricks
Ion Torrent™ bioinformatics (30 minutes)
  • Three software tools, one goal: Ion AmpliSeq™ Designer 4.2, Torrent Suite™ 4.4 and Ion Reporter™ 4.4 Software 4.4

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Ion Academy—Your learning hub: December 3rd, 2014

Ion PGM™ Hi-Q™ Sequencing Kit
  • Tips & tricks: Ion PGM™ Hi-Q™ Sequencing Kit configuration, how to use it and best practices for getting the most out of your Ion PGM™ Library Kit
  • Bioinformatics: Data analysis and accuracy improvement for the Ion PGM™ Hi-Q™ Sequencing Kit
Microbiology data analysis
  • De novo assemblies with SPAdes genome assembler
  • Meta-genomics data analysis with Ion Reporter™ Software
  • Closing small genomes using the new Ion TrueMate™ Library kit

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Ion Academy—Your learning hub: October 29th, 2014

Bacterial session
  • Ion TrueMate™ Library Kit: Best tips and tricks for fast, easy and accurate shotgun sequencing
  • Ion 16S™ Metagenomics Kit: New kit & tips and tricks for rapid, comprehensive and broad-range analyses of mixed microbial populations using the Ion Torrent™ semiconductor sequencing workflow
Ion AmpliSeq™ Transcriptome sequencing
  • Where Ion AmpliSeq™ Transcriptome sequencing could fit within your lab's total RNA-seq portfolio
  • Tips and tricks for using the Ion AmpliSeq™ Transcriptome Kit
  • Refresh on the best ways to prep for RNA sequencing from extraction through the entire workflow
Bioinformatics topic
  • Tips & tricks around maintenance of the Ion Torrent™ servers, clean up & temps, how to upgrade when needed and how to backup including Ion Torrent™ Storage™ Device
Service refresher
  • Tips/Tricks on how to maintain your Ion Torrent™ sequencers and Ion Chef™ Instrument

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Ion Academy—Your learning hub: September 16, 2014

  • New Universal Sequencing kit for the Ion PGM™ System including the Ion HiQ™ enzyme
  • Custom Ion AmpliSeq™ Panels for any species; maximum design flexibility and best results with the new Ion AmpliSeq™ Designer 4.0
  • New Torrent Suite™ 4.2 plugins to analyse data from the newly launched Ion AmpliSeq™ Transcriptome kit
  • Advanced data analysis on Ion Reporter™ 4.2 Software

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Ion Academy—Your learning hub: July 16, 2014

Ion AmpliSeq™ Community Panels update—Ion AmpliSeq™ technology for RNA gene fusion analysis.
Analyzing whole transcriptome data using Partek® Flow® software.
Preparing your DNA and RNA library—tips, tricks and recommendations.

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Ion Academy—Your learning hub: June 12, 2014

Match the right kit to the right instrument and application using our new Ion PGM™ and Ion Proton™ System product selection guides–learn what they are and where you can find them. Hear about best practices for RNA-Seq from our expert who will share tips and tricks to make the most out of your sample. “Ion Reporter™ Training: Introduction to the Ion Reporter™ Software” will show users how to analyze data acquired from Ion PGM™ or Ion Proton™ Systems. The session will include a presentation, a short demo and time for discussion.

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Ion Academy—Your learning hub: May 21, 2014

Upcoming Torrent Suite™ Software 4.2 and Ion Reporter™ Software 4.2: Making the most of your software upgrades. Ion Chef™ instrument updates, plus barcoding tips and tricks. New training center information and Ion Torrent™ technology–related course offerings.

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Ion Academy—Your learning hub: April 23, 2014

Tips and tricks for using the new Ion AmpliSeq™ Exome RDY Kits and Library Quantitation. Torrent Suite™ Software updates with new v4.0.2, validating your next generation sequencing variants with our Primer Designer™ tool. New Ion AmpliSeq™ Designer functionality with optimized tiling methods, updated RefSeq, and improved DNA hotspot designs. Wrap-up and advanced demo of Instrument Management.

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Ion Academy—Your learning hub: March 26, 2014

  • Routine maintenance of your Ion Torrent™ Sequencer, tips and tricks and best practices
  • How to optimize your sequencing results using our new sequencing and template kits
  • Bioinformatics key concepts and best practices in Ion Torrent™ sequencing data analysis
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Ion Academy—Your learning hub: February 19, 2014

  • How to routinely maintain your Ion Torrent sequencers
  • How to properly use the latest Ion consumables
  • From sample to analysis, new Ion Reporter Software workflows
    • Copy number detection with Ion AmpliSeq Panels
    • 16S metagenomics workflow

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Ion Academy—Your learning hub: January 22, 2014

  • Ion AmpliSeq™ Library construction tips for consistent run quality
  • Best practices for initialization of the Ion PGM and Ion Proton instruments
  • Torrent Suite™ 4.0 / Torrent Variant Caller 4.0 / Ion Reporter™ 4.0 Software (Exome Annotate Demo)

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Ion Academy—Your learning hub: November 19, 2013

  • QC for Ion AmpliSeq experiments and how to properly analyze data from Ion Torrent sequencers

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