Beckman Coulter Life Sciences, a global leader in laboratory automation and innovation, and 10x Genomics, Inc., a leader in single cell and spatial biology, today announced a new partnership to expand automation solutions for single cell assay workflows.
As part of the agreement, 10x Genomics plans to develop dedicated chromium single cell kits for use in the Biomech i7 automated liquid handler by Beckman Coulter Life Sciences. This customized application will automate 10x Genomics single cell library preparation in high quality and large volumes, making libraries ready for sequencing.
Single cell methods are increasingly being relied upon in oncology, immunology, neuroscience and more to help researchers unravel the complexities of biology and fuel new scientific discoveries. As high-throughput studies demand a wide range of solutions, automation of manual processes such as library preparation enables greater throughput. The partnership is expected to automate the workflow after Chromium instrument runs are complete, focusing primarily on high-throughput library preparation, to provide a streamlined and more efficient solution for labs processing dozens of single-cell samples at a time.
“Every day at Beckman Coulter Life Sciences we strive to take manual workflow bottlenecks and break them down so laboratories can achieve their research goals quickly and without error-prone steps,” said Elsa Burgess, vice president and general manager of Biotech Workflow Solutions. Beckman Coulter Life Sciences. “We are honored that 10x Genomics has placed their trust in us to provide their customers with a solution that automates their single cell experiments, especially for a broad group of researchers using this method. This is the beginning of an exciting collaboration that could ultimately benefit researchers across many scientific fields.”
As researchers continue to use more and more samples for single cell analysis, they are looking for new automation solutions to generate high-quality libraries with high confidence and with less hands-on time. We have already successfully piloted this approach with customers, and we are excited to formally partner with Beckman Coulter Life Sciences to develop high-scale automation offerings to open up larger single cell studies.”
Ben Hindson, co-founder, president and chief scientific officer of 10x Genomics
As part of this partnership, 10x Genomics plans to develop a suite of automation-compatible consumables to enable high throughput sample processing with valid results.