Category Archives: Big picture

Featured in Clinical OMICs: Enabling Precision Medicine with Cutting-Edge NGS Technologies

         June 22, 2020
Clinical OMICs May/June 2020

It is an honor to be featured in the Clinical OMICs May/June 2020 issue in a Q&A with the Editor discussing the past, present, and future of Golden Helix. In this article, I detail: Our most significant success throughout the past five years How our products differentiate Golden Helix in the market Our most significant opportunities in the next five years. If… Read more »

Featured in Clinical Lab Manager: Leveraging Next-Generation Sequencing Technology in the Fight Against COVID-19

         May 5, 2020

It is an honor to be featured by Clinical Lab Manager where I discuss how Next-Gen Sequencing can be leveraged in the fight against COVID-19. You can access this article directly by visiting https://www.clinicallabmanager.com/thought-leadership/leveraging-next-generation-sequencing-technology-in-the-fight-against-covid-19-22584. If this is an area of interest for your organization, please reach out to our team and we would be happy to discuss this in more detail.

Genetic Analysis of the COVID-19 Virus and Other Pathogens: Part IV

         April 28, 2020

Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) technology has decreased the price of nucleotide sequencing exponentially in the last 10 years. The clinical applications are broad, from diagnosis of rare diseases, to carrier screening and hereditary disease risk, and finally, for the personalized treatment of cancer with molecular profiling of tumors for therapeutic, diagnostic, and prognostic genomic biomarkers.  Discovery and Sharing of the Reference Genome for SARS-CoV-2  With… Read more »

Genetic Analysis of the COVID-19 Virus and Other Pathogens: Part III

         April 21, 2020

*The following text is only a preview of our new eBook “Genetic Analysis of the COVID-19 Virus and Other Pathogens”. Request a free copy to access the full version.* Next-Gen Sequencing (NGS) of the novel virus can make a tremendous contribution in enhancing our understanding of the underlying pathways in which it impacts humans. In a short period of time… Read more »

Genetic Analysis of the COVID-19 Virus and Other Pathogens: Part II

         April 14, 2020

*The following text is only a preview of our new eBook “Genetic Analysis of the COVID-19 Virus and Other Pathogens”. Request a free copy to access the full version.* SARS-CoV-2 has just been recently discovered. The knowledge about this virus is fairly new and certain aspects of it are still under review or in-flux entirely as we learn more about… Read more »

Genetic Analysis of the COVID-19 Virus and Other Pathogens: Part I

         April 7, 2020

*The following text is only a preview of our new eBook “Genetic Analysis of the COVID-19 Virus and Other Pathogens”. Request a free copy to access the full version.* At the end of 2019, a virus appeared somewhere in the Chinese city of Wuhan. It caused cold and flu-like symptoms in most, but also pneumonia and death in a few…. Read more »

Golden Helix’s End-to-End Architecture for Clinical Testing Labs

         December 19, 2019
Golden Helix's End-to-End Architecture

As clinical genetic tests have been adopted as a critical enabler of precision medicine, the number of tests offered by clinical labs and the volume of tested patients has grown by orders of magnitude in the past five years. The Gene Testing Registry, managed by the NIH, documented a rise from 13,000 to 60,000 tests offered in the US market… Read more »

VarSeq Stable 2.1.0 Release Notes

         October 31, 2018
VSClinical algorithm

VarSeq Stable 2.1.0 is Ready for Clinical Validation, See it in Action Next Week This week we are happy to see the general availability of VarSeq 2.1, the culmination of the last five months of work since we launched VSClinical. We have been blown away by the adoption of VSClinical, outpacing any previous product launch in terms of the pace… Read more »

Future Direction of Golden Helix

         September 19, 2018

Celebrating our 20th Anniversary on September 15th, we took some time to reflect on the last two decades in this industry. Two decades of learning, adaption, and growth on the business side as well as the personal side. Employees began their careers with us, made new friends and started their own families. These past 20 years are full of stories… Read more »

Clinical Variant Interpretation: Part IV

         April 24, 2018
VSClinical algorithm

In the last installment of this series, I covered the basics of variant interpretation and how it fits into the genomic testing process. Now we can cover in more detail how VSClinical works, what algorithms and annotation sources power the recommendations and how the ACMG criteria are organized into useful categories. VSClinical is built to make the process of evaluating… Read more »

Clinical Variant Interpretation Based on ACMG Guidelines – Part II

         April 17, 2018
VarSeq annotations

We just came back from ACMG in North Carolina where we launched our new product VSClinical. The reception has been terrific and our booth has never been as frequented. We had record level visitors and demo presentations. So, what is all that buzz about this new product? Why do people care so much and how does it help a clinical… Read more »

Bring the Value of VS-CNV to Genomic Research in SVS

         January 4, 2018
Eigenvalue Decomposition

The Golden Helix SNP & Variation Suite (SVS) platform is a powerful and versatile set of tools and algorithms for performing genomic research. That research spans from data originating on genotype micro-arrays to next-generation sequencing. While the majority of SVS users start with genotype data on their samples, any genomic information across a cohort can be used in our various… Read more »

Secondary Analysis 2.0 eBook

         September 5, 2017

Next-Gen Sequencing promised to be the ultimate paradigm when it comes to genetic research and clinical testing since it contains the complete genetic information. When it comes to the current reality in testing labs, there are still a number of additional testing paradigms used in an analysis, specifically, copy number variations. Among these, labs still widely use Chromosomal Microarrays and… Read more »

Secondary Analysis 2.0 – Part V

         August 22, 2017
Detection of CNVs

An Example of an Integrated Clinical Workflow for CNVs and SNVs In this blog series, I discuss the architecture of a state of the art secondary pipeline that is able to detect single nucleotide variations (SNVs) and copy number variations (CNVs) in one test leveraging next-gen sequencing. In Part I, we reviewed genetic variation in humans and looked at the key… Read more »

Secondary Analysis 2.0 – Part IV

         August 15, 2017
Detection of CNVs

Examples of CNV Calling What do CNV calls actually look like? What are some of the key metrics to determine an event? Part IV of the Secondary Analysis 2.0 blog series will answer these questions by walking through some examples of how our CNV caller, VS-CNV, identifies CNVs. Golden Helix integrates multiple metrics to determine if a CNV event is… Read more »

Secondary Analysis 2.0 – Part III

         August 8, 2017
Detection of CNVs

Detection of CNVs in NGS Data Our Secondary Analysis 2.0 blog series continues with Part III: Detection of CNVs in NGS Data. We will give you an overview of some design principles of a CNV analytics framework for next-gen sequencing data. There are a number of different approaches to CNV detection. The published algorithms share common strategies to solve the… Read more »

Secondary Analysis 2.0 – Part II

         August 1, 2017
Detection of CNVs

In this blog series, I will discuss the architecture of a state of the art secondary pipeline that is able to detect single nucleotide variations (SNV) and copy number variations (CNV) in one test leveraging next-gen sequencing. In Part I, we reviewed genetic variation in humans in general and looked at the key components of a systems architecture supporting this… Read more »

Secondary Analysis 2.0 – Part I

         July 18, 2017
Detection of CNVs

Human genetic variation makes us unique. On average, humans are to 99.9% similar to each other. Understanding in detail what the nature of the difference in our genetic make-up is all about allows us to assess health risks, and eventually enables Precision Medicine as we determine treatment choices. Furthermore, it enables scientists to better understand ancient human migrations. It gives… Read more »

Final thoughts on ESHG 2017

         June 6, 2017
ESHG

We are back from another exciting trip to ESHG, hosted in Copenhagen, Denmark last week. We were delighted by the number of researchers and clinicians we were able to connect with. Needless to say,  the weather was outstanding in Copenhagen, which made our stay even more pleasant! Even though this was a European event, it was great to be able to speak with… Read more »

Final thoughts on ACMG 2017

         March 28, 2017
ACMG 2017

Last week was fast and furious for those of us who made it to Phoenix attending ACMG 2017. The event was exceptionally well attended, with great talks and sessions. Here are some of the highlights that are worth mentioning from our perspective. Numerous talks referenced how important the updated Exac/gnomAD database is for clinical NGS analysis. The new dataset includes… Read more »