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Get ready for #TriCon with Discount Registration!

The Cofactor team can most often be found in our St. Louis laboratory, or our San Francisco offices.  But, sometimes we hit the road to share our latest work with our customers, collaborators, and investors.

This February, the crew will be in sunny San Francisco for CHI’s 24th International Molecular Med TRI-CON 2017 (aka Tri-Con).

There’s some really exceptional science on the agenda.  You can hear from our CSO, Jon Armstrong, on “Reaching the Pinnacle: A Unique Cancer Diagnostic Tool that Harnesses the Power of RNA” on Tuesday, February 21 at 11:45 am – 12:15 pm in the Molecular Diagnostics track. And, we’re certain the networking opportunities will foster crucial collaborations in the pursuit of personalized medicine.

Are you on the fence about attending?  What if we sweetened the deal?  


Friends of Cofactor Genomics can receive an exclusive discount code – 1737RAE – for $200 off your registration cost.*

How to Register:
Tel: +1 781-972-5400

If you’ve never attended the Molecular Medicine Tri-Conference, you can expect to meet 3,500+ international delegates for valuable networking, and attend programs on molecular medicine–specifically Discovery, Genomics, Diagnostics and Information Technology.

We hope to see you there!

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* Our clients and colleagues will receive $200 off for commercial attendees or $100 off for academic, government and hospital-affiliated attendees. You must mention priority keycode 1737RAE to receive the registration discount. Alumni, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook or any other promotional discounts cannot be combined. Discounts not applicable on event short courses. This discount does not apply to previously registered attendees.


The trouble with RNA

Here’s the trouble with RNA: In order to sequence and analyze it, you first have to get it out of your biological samples intact. And, as we all know, this requires some nimble fingers – avoiding RNases, moving quickly, and working to ensure the highest quality RNA possible.

We know that the quality of an RNA sequencing experiment starts with the method of its purification from your sample (See 6 CHANGES THAT’LL MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE WITH YOUR RNA-SEQ; PART 1). But, the primary focus of our Discovery Services laboratory experts is to develop and deliver the BEST in RNA library preparation, sequencing, and analysis.  

So, how can we help you to provide us with the best quality RNA possible?

Cofactor is pleased to announce that we have partnered with ARQ Genetics and their staff of Ph.D.-level molecular biologists, applying their years of experience to consistently deliver high quality material from your samples.

For routine RNA extractions (such as cell pellets, tissue, non-CLIA FFPE), we’ve made the process as easy as possible:

  • The cost of the extraction can be added directly to your RNA-seq quote, no additional billing required.
  • Transit time is minimized by shipping your samples directly to ARQ. Once extracted, the RNA will be transported to Cofactor for all downstream molecular and analysis.
  • Quality Control data are collected following extraction at ARQ and then once again at Cofactor, ensuring high-quality RNA is feeding into the RNA-seq workflow.

“We’ve seen a high quality of work performed by ARQ — with both client projects and internal projects alike.  I’m pleased that we’ll be offering this service to our customers who are unfamiliar with RNA extractions, or unable to devote internal resources. It’s important for us to make the process of obtaining high-quality RNA-seq data as seamless as possible for our clients.”   -Jon Armstrong, CSO 

If you are interested in including RNA extraction as part of your project, just let us know during our experimental design discussions. Contact a Project Scientist at Cofactor Genomics to get started today!


Data Delivery at Cofactor Genomics

Cofactor’s mission is to provide the best quality data and support to our customers.  To meet this – we’re making some exciting updates!

Electronic Data Delivery: Faster access to your data

Custom LIMS System: Improved customer communications and data tracking

Expanded Project Scientist Team: Expert support planning, executing, and interpreting your project

Electronic Data Delivery:  Every project includes delivery of raw FASTQ files. Effective immediately, Cofactor is pleased to provide our customers electronic data download for all projects. In our high-bandwidth, HIPAA-compliant secure cloud data storage center, your data will be safe and sound, accessible only by you.

We guarantee data backups on our servers for up to 90 days, and if you’ve partnered with us for full analysis, your ActiveSite interface will remain online indefinitely.


Custom LIMS System: Cofactor has outgrown our original custom customer relations management (CRM) and laboratory information management system (LIMS), and we’re excited to move towards a more comprehensive CRM, LIMS, and customer communication system.

Launching in Q4 2016, our customers will benefit from increased internal efficiencies and external communications. You will see more standardized project info via email, including updates as your samples progress through our pipeline.

Project Scientist Team: We are always excited to speak with you in real-time on the phone or by web meeting! Our Project Scientist team, responsible for experimental design and customer support, has grown to include:

Natalie LaFranzo, Director of Scientific Projects and Market Development

Brent Wilson, Project Scientist – East Coast  

Sunny Gilbert, Project Scientist – West Coast

These scientists are available to provide technical support, customer support, and make sure you have access to what you need for the success of your project.  Equipped with advanced degrees and knowledge acquired from shepherding thousands of RNA samples through Cofactor’s pipeline – we’re happy to be your technical resource.

“Our customers tell us we have the best customer service in the business, and these updates demonstrate our commitment to be valued partners for everyone we work with.” — Cofactor COO Dr. David Messina


Let us know how we can help provide the support you need to leverage the power of RNA – from Discovery to Diagnostics.

Natalie LaFranzo: Cofactor’s New Director of Scientific Projects and Market Development

Dr. LaFranzo  will be leading Cofactor’s Project Scientist team; the team directly responsible for making sure Cofactor’s newly developed CAP/CLIA RNA tests and RNA sequencing services are addressing the needs of our clients.

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Her leadership comes at an instrumental time in Cofactor’s growth as Cofactor releases multiple RNA-based discovery services aimed at the pre-clinical Pharmaceutical research market- as well as the recently announced rollout of RNA-based oncology clinical tests. In addition to providing a key role in sales leadership, Natalie will be critical in making sure that the efforts from our Biomarkers & Diagnostics teams are addressing customers needs.


Natalie LaFranzo earned her PhD in Chemistry atWashington University, with an interdisciplinary focus on developing new chemical tools to study neurobiology and development. While at  Washington University, she became an active member of The BALSA Group, which ignited her interest in the commercialization of science, specifically in small businesses. When Natalie was with Cofactor earlier in her career, she served as a Project Scientist and developed customized experimental design solutions for both DNA and RNA sequencing and analysis projects.

Most Screen Shot 2016-06-09 at 4.43.13 PMrecently as a Product Manager in Horizon’s Diagnostic division, Natalie supported the development and marketing of their Next Generation Sequencing products, the launch of new products and product variants, provided guidance on the US regulatory environment, and presented at two FDA workshops on next-generation sequencing.


When Natalie is not introducing genomic products and developing markets, she is the head coach of the Washington University Cheerleading Team. She is also active within the American Chemical Society both on a local level in St. Louis, serving as Chair-Elect, and within the National Younger Chemists Committee, serving as Chair in 2016.

Cofactor at ASCO

Cofactor is proud to announce that key members of our Executive and R&D teams will be on the ground at ASCO 2016 in Chicago:

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In addition to seeing the latest advances of our colleagues, we are excited to share some developments and products with you. These include:


* PicoRNA (Low Input RNA-seq)

* Pinnacle (our RNA-based biomarker panel for cancer)

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago! If you are interested in contacting us, please reach out via [email protected]



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