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{Discussion}Roche stop supporting the 454 platform by mid-2016



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  • {Discussion}Roche stop supporting the 454 platform by mid-2016

    Hi, I am a graduate student and I have just heard Roche stop supporting the 454 pyrosequencing platform by 2016. Our university has to buy another Next-gen sequencing platform.

    I was surprised. Does anyone know what happened? Two year ago, I think 454 pyrosequencing occupied >50% market. I don't think this is about business. Also, lots of publications use pyrosequencing

    Are they gonna develop new sequencing technologies? Is pyrosequencing a technological dead end? Is Illumina a good choice?


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    Why is any technology killed off? It's been superseded - either on price or performance or both.

    According to Genomeweb, Illumina had 66% of the market in 2012:


    Roche's share was 8% at this point.

    I think you may have been a bit misled on their market penetration post PGM and post-MiSeq


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