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GEN Presents An Educational And Informative Webinar

Eliminating Bottlenecks and Managing Quantity and Quality in Genomics Research

  • Broadcast Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
  • Time: 11 am ET, 8 am PT



The most obvious value of automating genomic workflows is improving throughput, productivity, and consistency. Automated liquid handling, for example, eliminates human error in repetitive tasks like pipetting. The automation of shaking, heating, mixing, and other unit steps in genomic protocols provides similar consistency and standardization from hour to hour, experiment to experiment, and laboratory to laboratory, irrespective of laboratory throughput. Finally, automation reduces worker fatigue and frees lab personnel to perform more valuable tasks.

Yet automating a manual genomics workflow is far from a “slam-dunk” exercise, particularly for complex genomics protocols. During the initiation phase, lab managers must plan for potential upstream and downstream problems that may arise when automating steps within workflows, and systematically eliminate them. Because a workflow is only as productive as its least-efficient link, unforeseen bottlenecks will lower overall productivity.

To showcase these points, the presenters in this webinar will examine the normalization of nucleic acid samples and how automation can simplify this complex, multistep process while improving data fidelity and increasing walkaway time. The speakers from Génome Québec will discuss their experience using Agilent’s Target Enrichment technology on the Agilent NGS sample-preparation automation platform and provide case studies on how the center has implemented and optimized this platform.

What You Will Learn

  • Applying automation to genomics workflows
  • How improvements in throughput, consistency, and walkaway time benefit busy laboratories
  • Examples of real-life applications and case studies, including normalization of genomic samples and optimization of Agilent Target Enrichment technology on an Agilent Automation platform

Who Should Attend

  • Principal investigators and managers of genomics laboratories at all throughput levels
  • Bench-level scientists and technicians working through traditional (manual) and automated (robotic) genomics workflows
  • Automation engineers seeking new solutions to existing and future/anticipated workflow issues

A live Q&A session will follow the presentations, offering you a chance to pose questions to our expert panelists.



  • Daniel Tessier,
  • Vice President Technology Centers
  • Génome Québec
  • McGill University and
  • Génome Québec Innovation Centre
  • Alexandre Montpetit,
  • Assistant Scientific Director
  • Génome Québec McGill University
  • and Génome Québec Innovation Centre
  • Louis Murray,
  • Applications Market
  • Development Manager
  • Agilent Technologies


  • John Sterling
  • Editor in Chief
  • Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

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