Isolate Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) and Applications for Tracking Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs)

Thursday, July 28

10 – 10:20 a.m.

Exhibit Hall Theater 1

Presentation by Clear Labs

Overview

This session will showcase a fully automated WGS system, Clear Dx, that is designed to process pure bacterial cultures isolated from colonies from extraction through sequencing, bioinformatic processing and assembly of full genomes all the way to variant calling and other downstream phylogenetic analysis, thus making genome-level insights available and accessible beyond just academic and research labs.

This session will also feature a discussion on how this automated system and sophisticated analytics can enable a clinical laboratory to easily sequence and characterize bacterial pathogens implicated in real-world HAIs within 36 hours to better track and trace possible sources of infection. This could easily help hospitals to have better infection control in their facilities, resolve outbreak investigations in near real-time, and flag strains that have antimicrobial resistance and virulence markers

Outcomes

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand how the Clear Dx system functions for sequencing bacterial isolates.
  2. Understand the system’s analytical function and how it leverages sequencing information to produce genome-level insights.
  3. Understand the utility of the information gained for tracking of HAIs and for resolving outbreak investigations inside a hospital system.

Speaker

Kristina Hsieh
Clear Labs