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1st August 2016  Content supplied by: SeraCare Life Sciences, Inc.

New QC Software for Clinical Labs Running NGS Assays

The precision medicine business unit of SeraCare Life Sciences has launched a new laboratory QC software specifically for clinical laboratories running next-generation sequencing (NGS)-based assays. The  iQ NGS QC Management Software is a cloud-based software tool, designed to help labs easily track, trend, and report all their labs' NGS QC metrics for CAP CLIA audits.

Many clinical laboratories are rapidly adopting NGS-based methods due to the tremendous amounts of data they provide, as well as unique capabilities compared to previous methods such as detection of low allele frequency variants. This grants increased utility to direct treatment for the patient in applications such as oncology and infectious diseases. However, NGS workflows can be complex, with many different QC metrics that need to be tracked, organized, and easily accessed to ensure the accuracy of the results, and to monitor the performance of the assay over time.

The  iQ NGS QC Management Software is an easy to implement tool that allows labs to centralize all their QC metrics in a single, easy to access location. Using the software, labs can rapidly generate QC performance reports, including Levey-Jennings charts for any tracked variant. It flexibly conforms to any laboratory QC workflow and can help prevent errors by allowing labs to flag out of spec readings on QC materials, instruments, and reagents.

Preparing for audits and inspections or troubleshooting sub-optimal performance take up valuable laboratory time and resources. By centralizing all the relevant QC performance metrics through the entire workflow, the iQ NGS QC Management Software permits labs to rapidly assemble all necessary data in minutes instead of days. Moreover, it also provides a powerful interactive troubleshooting visualization that helps labs efficiently identify a workflow or component that generated an unexpected result.

"We are so excited to introduce this powerful new software tool to our clinical laboratory partners running NGS-based assays," says Russell Garlick PhD, Chief Scientific Officer at SeraCare. "It is as simple as dragging a VCF file from a QC run into the software. In addition, this software perfectly complements our Seraseq™ NGS reference material product lines and provides laboratories a simple yet powerful means to efficiently manage all their QC metrics. We believe the iQ NGS QC Management Software will significantly improve how labs manage their NGS QC data and performance."

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Date Published: 1st August 2016

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