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QIAGEN, CosmosID launch new plugin for metagenomics analysis

QIAGEN and CosmosID have launched new metagenomics analysis plugin for the QIAGEN Microbial Genomics Pro Suite and CLC Genomics Workbench.

The launch of the Cosmos ID plugin expands QIAGEN’s industry leading platform for NGS bioinformatics and strengthens its role as a provider of Sample to Insight metagenomics solutions.

The CosmosID plugin offers support for shotgun metagenomics and microbiome profiling for application in the fields of infectious disease, food safety, animal health, agriculture, and environmental analysis.

“The addition of the CosmosID plugin to the QIAGEN Microbial Genomics Pro Suite brings researchers a truly comprehensive package of metagenomics and microbiome profiling applications that we now have conveniently integrated into a single, user friendly and scalable software environment,” said Laura Furmanski, Senior Vice President of QIAGEN’s Bioinformatics business area.

“When working with complex metagenomics samples, accurately identifying pathogens and identifying genes involved in virulence or antibiotic resistance is crucial. Achieving this requires a combination of precision algorithms and highly curated content in reference databases. With the CosmosID plugin, QIAGEN users gain access to both, algorithms and databases.”

“The CosmosID plugin enables researchers to profile microbial communities fast, accurately and with strain level resolution. Results of comparative analyses of datasets are visually accessible in heat maps and principal component analysis plots,” said Manoj Dadlani, CEO of CosmosID.

 “They start with raw sequencing data, use CosmosID for microbial identification and comparison, and QIAGEN bioinformatics for functional analysis. It’s a complete workflow and a natural fit by which these tools can be integrated.”

Metagenomics is a field of great interest and focus for QIAGEN. The company has built strong leadership positions from sample through the analysis. The market for metagenomics and microbiome research is currently growing at over 20%.

QIAGEN delivers a range of specialized solutions guiding microbiome researchers from sample to insight. With delivering integrated and user friendly bioinformatics QIAGEN is addressing one of the major bottlenecks in the metagenomics workflow.