Consensus Target Design for viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites.

Providing completely automated design of a PCR assay with unprecedented coverage, sensitivity and specificity across variations of a target.

Design a simple assay to detect and differentiate between closely related genomes.

Consensus ™-has been rigorously validated for the detection of thousands of viruses, bacteria and human targets.

It is useful for applications such as: infectious disease variants for bacteria, viruses, human genomic targets, and mRNA profiling. It also provides consensus design for single panels (i.e. detecting all variants of pandemic 2009 influenza A virus or one set of “universal” primers for all 10,000 FluA variants).

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The Challenges of “Freeware”

We often see researchers relying on outdated, antiquated tools. If assay design is mission critical to your organization, why would you want to use a sub-optimal tool?

Common challenges in multiplex panel design include a lengthy and costly design cycle. This can often be the result of both a knowledge gap within the organization along with freeware and sub-optimal design tools.

Consensussolves these problems by addressing the following:

Best-in-class Design Algorithms

  • The novel assay design algorithm behind Consensus™ is built on a set of empirically-derived thermodynamic parameters that calculate oligo hybridizations from first principles (rather than derivative complementarity rules).
  • A wide variety of potential PCR artifacts are accounted for in Consensus™ such as: false negatives caused by target secondary structure, undesired primer-primer interactions, false primer-amplicon interactions, false amplicons to background genomes, and low coverage due to sequence variations.
  • Consensus™ can handle large playlists such as the entire human genome, human RefSeq, human microbiome, bacterial diversity panel, soil microbes, or all known viruses, with many pre-imported sequences provided in the software for common use.

Fewer Laboratory Development Cycles

  • Consensus™ designs tend to work out of the box, reducing the number of lab iterations needed to arrive at a viable assay.  This saves time (3-8 months on average) and associated costs, and gets your assay out faster.

Scalable Designs

  • Custom platform, laboratory, and business requirements (e.g. multiplexing) can be accommodated by Consensus™ to optimize designs for use in high volume commercial laboratories, reducing costs of running your assay at scale.
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PCR pipeline

Interested in learning more about Consensus™?

Consensus™ regularly saves organizations 6+ months in work by using inclusivity and exclusivity panels for diagnostic quality assays.

See how Consensus™ can benefit your organization.