DRAGEN onboard NovaSeq X Series. Highlights:
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DRAGEN on Illumina Managed Cloud Platforms
99.83% accuracy score with the Precision FDA Truth Challenge V2 benchmark data.3
Analyze whole genomes, exomes, methylomes, and transcriptomes with a single platform.
Process a 34x genome in ~ 30 minutes, with all supported callers2. Reduce FASTQ file sizes up to 5× with DRAGEN ORA Compression.
DRAGEN analysis leads in accuracy for germline and somatic variant calling demonstrated in industry challenges from precisionFDA.
DRAGEN analysis enables labs of all sizes and disciplines to do more with their genomic data. DRAGEN analysis uses highly reconfigurable field-programmable gate array technology (FPGA) to provide hardware-accelerated implementations of genomic analysis algorithms, such as BCL conversion, mapping, alignment, sorting, duplicate marking, and haplotype variant calling. DRAGEN ORA lossless genomic compression technology enables significant storage cost savings on FASTQ files. Fundamental features of DRAGEN analysis address common challenges in genomic analysis, such as lengthy compute times and massive volumes of data.
Without compromising accuracy, DRAGEN analysis delivers quickness, flexibility, and cost efficiency. The reprogrammable nature of DRAGEN analysis enables Illumina to develop custom algorithms and allows for improvements to accommodate future applications.
|DRAGEN On-Premise Server||Onboard NovaSeq X Series||Onboard NextSeq 1000/2000||BaseSpace Sequence Hub||Illumina Connected Analytics|
|DRAGEN ORA compression|
|DRAGEN FASTQC + MultiQC|
|Whole genome||Germline + Somatic||Germline only||Germline only||Germline + Somatic||Germline + Somatic||Germline + Somatic|
|Enrichment (including Exome)||Germline + Somatic||Germline + Somatic||Germline + Somatic||Germline + Somatic||Germline + Somatic||Germline + Somatic|
|NanoString GeoMx NGS|
|RNA Amplicon||Coming soon||Coming soon|
|RNA Pathogen Detection|
|COVID Lineage||Coming soon|
|PGx Star Allele Caller|
|Illumina Complete Long Reads|
|Pipeline||Description||Variant Types Detected||Metrics Provided|
|DRAGEN Demultiplexing||Rapid demultiplexing of NGS analysis||N/A||N/A|
|DRAGEN Compression||DRAGEN ORA compression is optimized for high compression ratios of FASTQ files, as well as rapid compression and decompression, all while preserving data integrity.||N/A||
|DRAGEN Map + Align||The DRAGEN Map + Align can be run as a standalone or as part of DRAGEN’s suite of pipelines||N/A||
|DRAGEN Germline||The DRAGEN Germline Pipeline provides end-to-end NGS analysis, including advanced error model calibration for increased accuracy, and repeat expansion detection and genotyping through Illumina Expansion Hunter.||
|DRAGEN Somatic||The DRAGEN Somatic Pipeline includes tumor-only and tumor–normal modes, designed for detecting somatic variants in tumor samples. Both modes make no ploidy assumptions, enabling detection of low-frequency alleles.||
|DRAGEN Enrichment||The DRAGEN Enrichment Pipeline combines DRAGEN’s germline and somatic callers into a pipeline designed specifically for analyzing enrichment samples. Includes a full suite of enrichment metrics and reporting.||
|DRAGEN RNA||The DRAGEN RNA Pipeline performs transcriptome analysis starting with splice junction discovery and alignment, followed by rapid alignment and splice junction mapping and quantification. For differential expression, Illumina recommends the DRAGEN Differential Expression app on BaseSpace Sequence Hub.||
|DRAGEN Single Cell RNA||The DRAGEN Single Cell RNA pipeline performs demultiplexing, cell-barcode and UMI error correction, sequence alignment, and quantification of gene expression.||N/A||
|DRAGEN Joint Genotyping||The DRAGEN Joint Genotyping/Population Pipeline calls variants jointly across multiple genomes and scales to large cohorts of samples at expedited speeds with uncompromising accuracy.||
|DRAGEN Methylation||The DRAGEN Methylation Pipeline performs alignment, methyl calling, and calculates alignment and methylation metrics.||N/A||
|DRAGEN Reference Builder||Accepts FASTA files, and builds the proprietary reference used by the DRAGEN apps.||N/A||N/A|
|DRAGEN TruSight Oncology 500 ctDNA Analysis Software||Secondary analysis support for Illumina’s TruSight Oncology 500 ctDNA. Only available on the local DRAGEN Server (version 3)||
|DRAGEN Imputation||The DRAGEN Imputation pipeline is an end to end user friendly tool that enables scalable low pass whole genome sequencing analysis||N/A||Impute ≤100 samples simultaneously 1.7x faster compared to original GLIMPSE code|
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DRAGEN analysis on Illumina Connected Analytics couples the accuracy and speed of the DRAGEN with the ability to customize analysis pipeline to operationalize informatics on a secure platform.
Learn about Illumina Connected Analytics
DRAGEN on BaseSpace Sequence Hub (BSSH) provides push button analysis capability in an intuitive, easy-to-use interface with compliance, and storage features of BaseSpace Sequence Hub and Amazon Web Services (AWS).
DRAGEN on-premise server offers highly accurate secondary analysis in a fraction of time compared with a traditional CPU-based system.
DRAGEN onboard offers an accurate, comprehensive, and efficient secondary analysis solution for the NovaSeq X Series and NextSeq 1000/2000 Systems.
DRAGEN onboard NovaSeq X Series:
Learn more about the NovaSeq X Series
DRAGEN onboard NextSeq 1000 and NextSeq 2000 Systems:
Basepaws, a Zoetis company, leverages the Illumina DRAGEN secondary analysis to develop direct-to-consumer DNA kits that provide cat owners with insights about their pets' health.Read Interview
Kyle Retterer, MS, Chief Technology Officer of GeneDx, discusses use of DRAGEN in the cloud to scale computing and data storage. This evolution brought more data analysis speed, infrastructure security, cost efficiency, and simplicity to their data management.Read Customer Spotlight
Phosphorus uses DRAGEN secondary analysis to perform genomic data analysis onsite and at an accessible price point.Read Article
Two DRAGEN servers help Cardio-CARE slay one petabyte of data to better understand heart disease in Hamburg.
DRAGEN analysis can be used in numerous fields in the biological sciences.
Reduce time required for genomic analysis, with high accuracy and comprehensiveness
Analyze tumor-only and tumor/normal samples with accuracy, comprehensiveness, and efficiency
Advance understanding of cellular mechanisms with rapid analysis pipelines for bulk and single cell samples
Accurately and efficiently analyze sequenced genomes at scale. Accelerate re-analysis as computational tools improve over time
Detect and characterize infectious diseases with a comprehensive solution
Efficiently analyze animals and plants of varying genomic complexities with custom reference
DRAGEN analysis provides the flexibility to insert a variety of input files and produce a range of output documents. This flexibility enables users to customize their experience and use and produce their desired file format.
This diagram shows steps in the DRAGEN Germline Pipeline as an example. The actual steps vary for each pipeline.
Basespace Sequencing Hub Apps Quick Guide
Brochure | PDF < 1 MB
Tumor exome sequencing with Illumina DNA Prep with Enrichment and the DRAGEN Platform
Application Note | PDF 1 MB
Integrating the Illumina DRAGEN Bio-IT Platform within your Infrastructure
Technical Note | PDF < 1 MB
DRAGEN Bio-IT Platform on BaseSpace Sequence Hub
Data Sheet | PDF 1 MB
DRAGEN Germline Pipeline Specification Sheet
Data Sheet | HTML
High-resolution, high-throughput spatial transcriptomics of complex tissues
Application Note | PDF 3 MB
High-plex spatial proteogenomics of FFPE tissue sections
Application Note | PDF 2 MB
Explore the transcriptome with single-cell resolution
Technical Note | PDF 1 MB
Technical Note | PDF | 3 versions
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Data Sheet | PDF | 7 versions