Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ:ILMN) today announced that it has delivered Hermann Hauser’s genome sequence. Dr. Hauser, Partner, Amadeus Capital Partners Ltd, is the first consumer to purchase Illumina’s individual genome sequencing service working with his physician, Michael Nova, MD, of Pathway Genomics. The genome was completed in Illumina’s CLIA-certified and College of American Pathologists (CAP) accredited laboratory using the Genome Analyzer technology. Over 110 billion base calls were generated, delivering over 30X coverage of the genome. Data analysis showed 300K novel SNPs in the genome that have not been documented elsewhere. This discovery demonstrates the power of whole genome sequencing as an exploratory tool, as these SNPs were novel but not necessarily unique.
“We are very excited to be delivering our first individual genome sequence to Hermann Hauser,” said Jay Flatley, President and CEO of Illumina. This is a landmark since just two months ago we launched the availability of this service from Illumina. The experience we created for Hermann was not only one of personal genetic exploration, but one that points to a future where genome sequencing will become a routine practice and the information generated will enable physicians to make better healthcare decisions for the individual. This information has long term value for Hermann as he can continue to access it and gain personal genomic insights as new discoveries are made.