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Bigger, Faster, Cheaper: Breaking the Bottleneck in Clinical Genetic Testing

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"Bigger, Faster, Cheaper: Breaking the Bottleneck in Clinical Genetic Testing"

Because every minute counts when children’s lives are at stake, Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego set an ambitious goal in 2018: rapidly sequence an infant’s whole genome in a matter of hours -- but do so at an affordable price.

The pilot program referred to as Project Baby Bear demonstrated that a rapid precision medicine program for critically ill babies not only leads to better health outcomes and reduces suffering among infants, it actually decreases the cost of care.

But small to mid-sized clinical labs looking to this landmark study as a paradigm for what’s to come may ask how they can expand their testing panels, speed up their turnaround times, and save money.

This white paper posits that to prepare for the future of NGS testing, clinical labs will need to adopt automation as a broad strategy and partner with commercial companies that can support and streamline their informatics workflow.

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