Cofactor Genomics Partners With Intrepid Bioinformatics

Cofactor Genomics partners with Intrepid Bioinformatics to launch Genomic Viewer for visualization of Bos taurus exome capture sequencing data.

Cofactor Genomics, a leader in plant and animal genomic research, announced today a partnership with Intrepid Bioinformatics of Louisville, Kentucky, to enhance Cofactor’s recently released Bovine whole-exome capture product. The partnership represents a key component of Cofactor’s Bench to BarnyardTM line of products and services, forming an end-to-end solution for researchers to quantify, discover, and visualize genomic variation from the cow genome. Intrepid Bioinformatics’ data management system will provide a secure, intuitive interface to variants generated from Cofactor’s whole-exome capture product and will be offered to Cofactor’s Bovine capture customers.

Cofactor Genomics recently released the world’s first Bovine whole-exome capture product, which enables researchers to selectively enrich, sequence, analyze and detect variants in coding and regulatory regions of the cow genome. Intrepid Bioinformatics’ SNP data service allows researchers to load and examine their data down to the sequence read while viewing polymorphisms, exons and introns, allele frequencies, and more. The pairing of Intrepid’s visualization solutions and Cofactor’s design and analysis capabilities offers researchers an unprecedented front-to-back solution for the discovery, characterization, and visualization of causative variation and hypothesis-neutral haplotype and marker analysis across any breed of beef and dairy cattle.

Jon Armstrong, chief operating officer of Cofactor Genomics, commented, "Each of our respective companies has developed advanced genomic tools and services that, when combined, represent an unparalleled solution for moving from phenotype to genotype.

Cofactor’s scientists are excited to team with the experts at Intrepid Bioinformatics who are similarly driven to provide products and tools which inspire amazing science in the agricultural community.”

Dr. Ted Kalbfleisch, chief executive officer of Intrepid Bioinformatics reported, “Cofactor Genomics’ whole-exome capture product will be a powerful tool for the Bovine research community. We are pleased to partner with them to provide the data management complement for this important new resource.”

Cofactor Genomics and Intrepid Bioinformatics will be showcasing the new Bovine exome-capture product and viewer at the Plant and Animal Genome XX Conference January 14-18 in San Diego. Cofactor is exhibitor 532 and Intrepid Bioinformatics is exhibitor 405.

About Cofactor Genomics, LLC

Cofactor Genomics is a privately held biotechnology company that employs experimental design, next-generation sequencing, and proprietary analysis technology and pipelines to drive the discovery and design of new products and processes for the life sciences field.

Cofactor’s D&A (Design & Analysis) Solution is constructed to specifically assist those researchers who require more than just sequencing at a reasonable cost. It also provides expert design and analysis capabilities, customized to specific requirements, and bioinformatics to make the most of the data that is generated. Cofactor’s expertise in molecular biology and bioinformatics accelerates its partners’ biological research, discovery and product development in a number of scientific areas worldwide. For more information, visit www.cofactorgenomics.com.

About Intrepid Bioinformatics, Inc.

Intrepid Bioinformatics helps achieve meaningful use of genetic information by offering an interoperable repository that supports NGS, SNP and genotype data. Intrepid’s system reduces the amount of time spent organizing, querying and analyzing data, maintaining complex data management systems, integrating analytical programs, and sharing data with collaborators. The system allows data to be uploaded using either a simple drag-and drop interface or programmatically through an open API. After upload, Intrepid’s genome browser allows users to immediately view mappings of repeat sequences, polymorphisms, coding sequences, allele and genotype frequencies, and much more. Data can then be analyzed more quickly – and entire populations can be studied and compared all at once – through a highly secure database. For more information, visit www.intrepidbio.com.

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