Ion Torrent, a business unit of Life Technologies, has invented and brought to market a fundamentally new semiconductor device, which is shipping to select sites in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

Ion semiconductor sequencing is a disruptive technology because it brings the entire design, fabrication and supply chain infrastructure to bear on the challenge of DNA sequencing with speed, scalability and affordability .

The PGM sequencer augments Life Technologies’ broad portfolio of DNA sequencing instruments with the introduction of the Applied Biosystems 3700 Genetic Analyzer, which enabled the initial sequencing of the human genome.

The current 3500 Series Genetic Analyzers are the standard for forensics, and the 3500Dx model for molecular diagnostic applications in Europe and Asia, while the SOLiD System’s accuracy makes it the ideal researchers’ choice in large-scale sequencing.