Ann Arbor, MI and Goteborg, Sweden, March 9, 2016 — Swift Biosciences, a U.S-based company specializing in sample preparation for next generation sequencing (NGS), announces their partnership with TATAA Biocenter, the world´s foremost organizer of hands-on training in molecular diagnostics and Europe´s leading provider of genomic services. This strategic partnership will expand both Swift’s and TATAA’s presence in Europe through TATAA Biocenter’s distribution and support of Swift’s NGS products in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. TATAA will also incorporate Swift’s NGS products in their popular NGS training courses offered throughout the year in various European locations.

Kristina Lind, Coordinator of TATAA Biocenter’s hands-on training program, stated, “We always seek collaboration with the best solution providers for our training courses and Swift Biociences are top of the class for NGS library preparations.” Mikael Kubista, President of TATAA Biocenter, added, “Our customers request professional tools for the entire NGS workflow from sample preparation and quality control to library preparation, sequencing, and data analysis. With Swift´s library kits, we can help our customers obtain larger yields and greater sequence coverage from small volume samples like FFPE and liquid biopsies.”

Swift Biosciences will provide reagents and support to TATAA Biocenter for their educational course concerning NGS applications, as well as technical expertise for TATAA’s role as a partner of the Cancer_ID Consortium in Europe. TATAA Biocenter’s focus in the consortium is on microRNA and some analysis of circulating tumor cells (CTC’s).

This strategic partnership helps expand the utility of Swift Biosciences’ NGS sample products into key applications, such as liquid biopsy analysis, for European end-users. Timothy Harkins, President and CEO of Swift, stated, “We are pleased to be partnering with an elite organization like TATAA Biocenter to train end users on the value of our differentiated product lines. Enabling researchers to gain valuable information from precious samples like CTC’s and cfDNA is at the core of our organization and working with TATAA will help deliver these valuable solutions to more individuals.”

About Swift Biosciences

Swift Biosciences is developing innovative and enabling technologies for genomics research. The company’s Accel-NGS® product portfolio brings unique capabilities to improve the efficiency and quality of NGS sample preparation across multiple applications. The Accel-NGS library preparation kits offer high performance sequence coverage metrics, even from challenging samples, and can generate PCR-free libraries for whole genome sequencing from as little as 10 ng of genomic input. The Accel-Amplicon products encompass multiple panels that include a 56G Oncology Panel, a Sample_ID panel, and custom panels across multiple genomes. Swift Biosciences also offers kits for bisulfite-converted DNA for methylation sequencing and a product for single-stranded DNA, ideal for viral and phage metagenomes. For more information, please visit www.swiftbiosci.com and follow Swift Biosciences on Twitter (@SwiftBioSci).
* These products are for Research Use Only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures.

About TATAA Biocenter

TATAA Biocenter is the world’s largest organizer of hands-on training in molecular analyses, Europe’s leading provider of nucleic acid analysis services, and Sweden’s most comprehensive distributor of products for nucleic acids analysis. TATAA Biocenter offers hands-on training in all aspects of molecular analyses, biomarker research, and validation from experimental design, sample preparation, quality control, analysis and modelling. Through its laboratories in Göteborg, Sweden, and Prague, Czech Republic, and sales office in Saarbrucken, Germany, TATAA Biocenter supports its clients with products for a full range of nucleic acid and protein analyses and services in compliance with ISO17025 standard. In 2013 TATAA Biocenter was presented the Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Value Leadership as Best-in-Class Services for Analyzing Genetic Material. For more information, see www.tataa.com or contact us on [email protected]