Sunquest Information Systems Inc, Tucson, Ariz, recently acquired UniConnect, Salt Lake City. UniConnect specializes in software for molecular laboratories and augments Sunquest’s molecular diagnostics solution.
“With the acquisition of UniConnect, Sunquest is now able to deliver an end-to-end solution for molecular and genetic testing,” says Matthew Hawkins, president of Sunquest. “The addition of UniConnect’s innovative technology aligns with one of our top priorities: delivering precision medicine solutions that advance patient care.”
UniConnect is a global provider of advanced process management software that helps molecular laboratories meet their most complex clinical challenges. The acquisition of UniConnect follows Sunquest’s April 1 purchase of GeneInsight, a genetics informatics system that streamlines the analysis, interpretation, and reporting of complex genetic tests.
“While working with our mutual customer, MedComp Sciences, we realized that the integration of GeneInsight and UniConnect’s process management software created tremendous workflow efficiencies for molecular pathology laboratories,” says Chris Callahan, general manager of GeneInsight, a Sunquest company. “We look forward to offering other labs our fully integrated solution, which provides a complete molecular and genetics platform that significantly reduces the barrier of entry for labs seeking to offer cutting-edge molecular diagnostic tests.”
The integration of UniConnect and GeneInsight provides a complete molecular and genetics platform that manages workflow from instrument to electronic medical record, including sample management, bioinformatics, analysis, and report management. The combination of workflow automation technology and tools for streamlining the analysis, interpretation, and reporting of complex genetic tests aims to make the promise of precision medicine a practical reality.
“New sequencing technologies have made personal genetic information much more accessible, but the management of such large amounts of information is challenging,” says Jason Walker, PhD, MT(AAB), lead geneticist and technical supervisor for MedCompGx. “By integrating our UniConnect platform with GeneInsight, we are able to deploy next-generation sequencing (NGS) for clinical diagnostics. Patient data and NGS results now move easily and intuitively between the platforms. The fit could not have been better and the integration works beautifully.”
“We are both proud and excited to join Sunquest and extend our contribution in the realms of molecular laboratory automation and process management,” says William S. Harten, UniConnect founder and CEO. “By working together, we’ll be able deliver a complete automation solution that helps more molecular labs manage their increasingly large and complex workloads and advances the exciting realm of precision medicine.”