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Sunquest Information Systems Announces the General Availability of Sunquest Mitogen™: Molecular LIMS

Announcing a new world-class, comprehensive, and flexible platform to simplify and streamline molecular diagnostics laboratory management and genetic analysis and reporting for precision medicine – from wet lab to dry lab

TUCSON, Ariz., August 22, 2017 – Sunquest Information Systems, Inc. announced today the general availability of Sunquest Mitogen™, a laboratory information management system (LIMS) and genetic analysis software suite for molecular diagnostics and precision medicine. The comprehensive, integrated molecular and genetics laboratory solution streamlines data and processes across the wet lab and the dry lab – from sample accessioning and tracking; to lab workflows, inventory and reagent management; to data generation, genetic analysis, and clinical report creation and delivery.

“Sunquest is committed to advancing technology to allow our laboratory partners to respond to market demand. As medical treatments become more precise, clinicians are looking to laboratories to support precision medicine. This requires taking on complex lab processes and delivering easy-to-understand, clinically actionable reports – with short turnaround times and at lower cost,” said Matt Hawkins, president/CEO of Sunquest. “The innovation embodied in Sunquest Mitogen makes this much easier.”

“We wanted a platform that was paperless, cutting-edge, alive and responsive. But with many LIMS platforms we looked at, attempting to adapt them to molecular testing was like fitting a square peg into a round hole. Sunquest Mitogen is different – it is designed for molecular testing,” said Dr. Jason Walker, chief scientific officer at MedComp Sciences, a clinical laboratory services company and Sunquest client. “The end result is something we are truly proud of at MedComp. It is an investment we have made in laboratory quality and in our future.”

“Sunquest delivers laboratory solutions that support world-class labs,” Hawkins added. “Sunquest Mitogen is an innovative, comprehensive and flexible solution for laboratories to simplify and streamline extremely complicated molecular diagnostics and genetic testing processes and analysis. Sunquest Mitogen flexibly fits into existing laboratory workflows and new workflows are quick to build, which is essential in a molecular lab.”

Nabil Hafez, senior director of product management for Sunquest’s precision medicine solution added, “By taming the extreme complexity of molecular diagnostic laboratory processes and genetic variant analysis, we’re creating the right conditions for laboratories to offer these important diagnostic tests.”

Sunquest Mitogen laboratory software addresses the high complexity of sample lineage, laboratory processes, and genetic analysis for molecular diagnostics and precision medicine, which requires a laboratory platform designed from its foundation for this kind of laboratory work. In addition, Sunquest Mitogen interfaces with other clinical software, instruments, and services at the lab, and the electronic medical records used by healthcare providers.

The new solution combines the power of two key complementary acquisitions, GeneInsight and UNIConnect, and optimizes the combined value with a set of pre-defined, out-of-the-box workflows for the LIMS and genetic analysis components.

Sunquest Mitogen: the comprehensive and configurable molecular LIMS for the wet lab

A modular, scalable, laboratory process management platform, Sunquest Mitogen supports a wide range of molecular testing requirements, from entrepreneurial molecular diagnostic companies to molecular pathology departments of major health systems. Sunquest Mitogen is a hosted, cloud-based platform accessed from a client’s web browser, making for a small footprint and minimal dependency on the client’s IT resources.

The molecular LIMS architecture offers rich sample tracking and deep auditing capabilities. In molecular testing, samples can move from one container type (plates, wells, vials) to another – multiple times. Sunquest Mitogen tracks every step and transfer, so users can view sample path by process step, user or time frame. The information is captured and organized automatically to create a detailed audit trail and chain of custody for CAP and CLIA compliance and audits.

The Sunquest Mitogen LIMS also provides robust reagent, instrument, inventory, document, personnel and sample storage management capabilities. Users can drill down through interactive charts and graphs to individual customers, payers, and samples, and to view consumables and costs across projects and time.

Ready-made and custom laboratory workflows provided with the Sunquest Mitogen LIMS include:

  • Gel Electrophoresis
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
  • Cytogenetics - Fluorescence in Situ Hybridization (FISH)
  • Cytogenetics - Karyotyping (Chromosome)
  • Cytogenetics - Chromosomal Microarray (CMA)
  • Sanger DNA Sequencing
  • Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)
  • Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS), LC-Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS/MS), and Gas Chromatography– Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS)
  • Pharmacogenetics
  • Custom workflows

Sunquest Mitogen:  scalable genetic analysis software for the dry lab

Sunquest Mitogen’s genetic analysis software helps clinical laboratories expand into and scale next generation sequencing (NGS) testing services for precision medicine – from a single gene to a whole genome. Pathologists, data scientists, and lab directors use the Sunquest Mitogen genetic analysis software in the dry lab to bring in data from the LIMS, produce actionable reports with consistent genetic variant annotation and interpretation, and deliver to clinicians electronic medical record (EMR)-ready reports and variant data.

About 80% of each customizable report is generated automatically, reducing the time spent creating each clinically actionable genetic test report to minutes – instead of hours. The reports are easy to edit and are customizable to each laboratory’s needs.

The ability to tap into trusted content from well-known sources to identify clinically significant genetic variants saves time and improves report quality, and also provides information to incorporate disease, drug, and clinical trial information into the reports. Each lab can access external sources to develop its own knowledgebase and can choose to share data in real-time with other labs – greatly speeding the flow of up-to-date knowledge and improving consistency and accuracy.

Monarch Initiative’s ontology is among the knowledge sources to which access is provided. A collaboration of multiple organizations steeped in the advancement of genetic knowledge, the Monarch Initiative integrates biological data from multiple authoritative data sources at an unprecedented level, connecting phenotypes to genotypes across species. For example, a mutation may give rise to similar diseases in multiple species, including humans. Monarch Initiative brings this data together to help identify a patient’s clinical features.

About Sunquest Information Systems

Sunquest Information Systems Inc. provides diagnostic informatics solutions to more than 1,700 laboratories. Since 1979, Sunquest has helped laboratories and healthcare organizations across the world enhance efficiency, improve patient care, and optimize financial results. Sunquest’s solutions enable world-class lab capabilities, including multisite, multi-disciplinary support for complex anatomic, molecular and genetic testing, and engagement with physicians and patients outside the hospitals at the point-of-care.

Headquartered in Tucson, AZ with offices in Boston, London, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Bangalore, India, Sunquest is a global leader in healthcare information Technology. For more information, visit www.sunquestinfo.com/mitogen.

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