Tech update: Sub-$1000 genomes, Flongle, and other goodies

On 8th Feb 2018, Clive G Brown provided a tech update on Oxford Nanopore by webcast.

Key updates included:

  • A pathway to a sub-$1,000 genome using PromethION (and longer term, MinION). PromethION pricing is now on the store.
  • Introducing Flongle, an adapter for MinION and GridION that enables smaller, single-use flow cells for smaller samples. Flongle may be used in the lab for smaller tests of quality checks, outside the lab, or may be developed into tests for applications like diagnostics, agriculture, food safety, water testing, education. First Flongles will be available for Early Access around the London Calling conference.
  • As Oxford Nanopore aims to get closer to our anyone/anywhere goal, we are launching MinIT, a pre-configured IT solution that replaces a laptop for MinION or Flongle.
  • Consensus accuracy has improved dramatically since launch, but we are driving this further. Strategies to reach 99.999% consensus accuracies were outlined in the talk.

We tweeted from @nanopore during the talk, using #nanoporeconf. You can see key tweets here.