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NGX Bio was founded by two Stanford professors
who needed its services. They wanted accurate,
fast, and affordable sequencing. When they
called around to a lot of different sequencing
facilities, they made some interesting discoveries.
There was huge variation in price among
different facilities. To sequence a hundred
human genomes, one place would charge twice
as much as another. Many facilities would
give them a better price for larger sequencing
jobs. And while some facilities could start
their job right away, others would
put them at the end of a long queue.
Was there variation in the quality of data, too?
Was the expensive place doing a better job?
Unfortunately, there was no really good way to
find out, because they only had one job to do.
If they sent their samples to the wrong place,
they'd spend a lot of money for subpar data.
Wouldn't it be great, they thought, if there
were a single organization that could handle
the sequencing for lots of researchers, working
in parallel with lots of facilities?
Because it would be working with many facilities
on a regular basis, the organization could
monitor the quality of data. It would operate
as a savvy comparative shopper, and it would be
an all-important repeat customer. In short,
it could make sure pricing was fair and the
work was of the highest quality.
Not only that, such an organization would
always know where to find available sequencing
capacity. And its team would certainly be
experts in the whole process, from sample
prep to data management and analysis,
so they could manage the flow of each
job and provide advice along the way.