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Not sure which RNA sequencing approach is right for you?

Our Project Scientist team is happy to walk through the different options for your experiment.  We take into consideration sample quality, quantity, and experimental goals to select the approach that will help address your needs.
Concerned about performing RNA extraction?  Don’t have the time or bandwith to optimize extraction conditions?  Contact your Project Scientist and ask them to add RNA extractions to your project.

Production-Grade Sequencing in Just 3 Weeks

With Cofactor’s Production-Grade sequencing, you access our most popular protocols at the lowest prices and
fastest turnaround. From total RNA QC to data delivery – you’ll see results in 3 weeks with all of the offerings below.

Scroll down for more information on each protocol.

Production-Grade Sequencing Products

Product NameCatalog NumberDescriptionPrice per Sample
mRNAbleCFG001-30CFG001-60Standard mRNA sequencing & analysis, 30 million single-end readsStandard mRNA sequencing & analysis, 60 million single-end reads$485$785
Total RNAbleCFG002-40CFG002-70Ribosomal-depletion/total RNA sequencing & analysis, 40 million single-end readsRibosomal-depletion/total RNA sequencing & analysis, 70 million single-end reads$625$828
picoRNACFG003-30CFG003-60Low-input mRNA sequencing & analysis, 30 million single-end readsLow-input mRNA sequencing & analysis, 60 million single-end reads$670$925
FFPExactCFG004-40CFG004-70Whole transcriptome fragmented RNA sequencing & analysis, 40 million single-end readsWhole transcriptome fragmented RNA sequencing & analysis, 70 million single-end reads$725$925
miRNAbleCFG005-10miRNA sequencing & analysis, 10 million single-end reads$410
RNAccessCFG006-30CFG006-60Coding-region focused human RNA sequencing & analysis, 30 million single-end readsCoding-region focused human RNA sequencing & analysis, 60 million single-end reads$695$975
RNAmplifyCFG007-40CFG007-70Ultra low-input/low-quality RNA sequencing & analysis, 30 million single-end readsUltra low-input/low-quality RNA sequencing & analysis, 60 million single-end readsContact UsContact Us
RNAdvantage*CFG008-80Fusion detection + Comparative Expression RNA-sequencing & analysis, 40 million paired-end clusters, 80 million total reads$1500

Samples must meet minimum quality and quantity requirements. QC Results provided within 72 hours. Total RNAable includes samples from human, mouse, and rat only. Please contact us to discuss other sample types for this Catalog Number. Maximum sample number of 24 for 3 week turnaround; Minimum sample number of 10 for price listed. All offerings above include single-end 75 bp sequencing and full comparative expression analysis, unless otherwise noted. All products listed above are for research use only. 

*RNAdvantage requires 4 week turnaround due to additional analysis time required.

Don’t see your desired experimental design listed? We’re happy to discuss customized experimental design solutions.

Need RNA extraction added to your Project? Let us know!

CAP/CLIA-Grade RNA Sequencing Products

Product NameCatalog NumberDescriptionPrice per Sample
RNA-seqDxCFGDx-101CFGDx-102Fresh-Frozen CAP/CLIA RNA sequencing, 30 million single-end readsFresh-Frozen CAP/CLIA RNA sequencing, 60 million single-end reads$1000$1500

RNA-seqDx accepts RNA from fresh-frozen human samples only. Samples must meet minimum quality and quantity requirements for CAP/CLIA sequencing. QC Results provided within 72 hours. Please contact us to discuss other experimental designs for this protocol.  All offerings above include single-end 75 bp sequencing and delivery of raw FASTQ files only. This protocol does not include comparative expression analysis.  Minimum sample number 10, Turnaround time dependent on batch size. Average turnaround time is 6 weeks for batch size of 24. 

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Standard RNA Expression Characterization

Can you confidently extract 1 μg of RNA with a RIN score of 7 or greater? Then our standard RNA-seq approach is the right choice for you.


poly(A) enrichment of mRNA species in your samples


  • Focus your sequencing reads on coding regions of the transcriptome
  • Make the most of your analysis with transcript annotation
  • Excellent approach for non-model organisms

Total RNAble

Depletion of ribosomal species allows for analysis of non-coding species


  • Allows for the analysis of lncRNA and non-polyadenylated species
  • More forgiving molecular approach able to accommodate some sample degradation
  • Access the breadth of your sample’s transcriptome
  • Ideal for model organisms (human, mouse, and rat)

All projects include Cofactor’s molecular quality control checkpoints at each stage in the molecular workflow, and full comparative expression analysis delivered via the ActiveSite interface.

For research use only.

Discovery Services

Low-input RNA Expression Characterization

Precious biological samples resulting from:

  • Laser capture microdissection (LCM)
  • Low numbers of sorted cells
  • Fine needle aspirate biopsies (FNAs)
  • Other small snap-frozen tissue biopsies

often yield very minimal, yet high-quality RNA (< 250 ng).

Cofactor has developed a robust amplification protocol, coined picoRNA, to allow unbiased interpretation of transcriptome data from as low as 10-20 cells (100 pg of RNA).

Our picoRNA offering ensures:

  • Minimized amplification bias
  • Focused analysis of mRNA/poly-adenylated species
  • Accurate representation of the transcriptome, even at low input

With this approach you can avoid pooling biological replicates, interrogate previously inaccessible low-input samples, and trust the picoRNA results from your samples.


For research use only.

Discovery Services

Low-quality RNA Expression Characterization

With the vast majority of patient samples and clinical archives stored as formalin-fixed and paraffin embedded (FFPE) tissue blocks, a reliable solution for chemically-modified and fragmented RNA from FFPE is required.

For samples with >250 ng of RNA, our FFPExact pipeline first evaluates RNA fragmentation via DV200 analysis, then applies standardized library prepara­tion protocols to guarantee reproducible, interpreta­ble results from these valuable samples.

FFPExact delivers:

  • Non-biased analysis of fragmented RNA
  • Minimization of reads lost to ribosomal content
  • Access to valuable clinical archives and patient samples

Think your FFPE samples won’t yield >250 ng of total RNA? Afraid your low-input samples may be fragmented? Request our RNAccess protocol. 


For research use only.

Discovery Services
Discovery Services

Interrogate Samples with both Low-input and Low-quality

Cofactor is pleased to offer RNAccess, an approach focused on the coding-regions of the human transcriptome, which can accommodate samples with both lower-input and lower-quality.

Cofactor’s RNAccess approach delivers:

Focused coding-region coverage of the transcriptome

High-quality libraries from as low as 20 ng of input material

Input tailored protocol accommodates the fragmentation level of each sample


This protocol is suitable for human samples only. Ideal for FFPE clinical archives and other low quality samples.


For research use only.


Small RNA Expression Characterization

Standard RNA-seq experiments use size selection steps which do not retain small RNA molecules.  In order to ensure this information is accessed, fragment size monitoring and size selection is required. Cofactor’s small RNA characterization is optimized for total RNA samples*, which streamlines sample delivery for you.

Cofactor’s miRNAble ensures:

  • Enrichment of small RNA molecules including miRNA, snoRNA, and more
  • Economical read depth (10 million reads) ensures high coverage of desired molecules
  • Annotation using comprehensive database and comparative expression analysis

*Note: Total RNA must be extracted using an approach that retains small RNA. Please contact us to discuss appropriate extraction methods.


For research use only.

Discovery Services

Fusion + Comparative Expression from a single sample

RNAdvantage is a coding-region focused RNA-seq protocol which is optimized for:

High-sensitivity fusion detection with minimization of false negatives

Exon-level annotation of gene fusions

Comparative expression characterization of the coding-regions of the transcriptome


RNAdvantage accepts:

RNA from fresh-frozen or formalin-fixed paraffin embedded (FFPE) human samples

High, moderate, and low quality samples (evaluated via DV200)

RNA from rare clinical archives with only a few FFPE sections available


Don’t compromise your results by having to interrogate fusions and expression separately.

With Cofactor’s RNAdvantage, you’ll gain significant insights using a single RNA sample.

This protocol is suitable for human samples only.


For research use only.


CAP Validated RNA-seq Protocol

Does your translational project require higher regulatory oversight? Then our RNA-seqDx offering is right for you.


Starting from RNA extracted from fresh-frozen samples, RNA-seqDx will makes use of a highly standardized, CAP/CLIA-validated protocol. 

This protocol delivers raw FASTQ sequencing files for your downstream comparative expression analysis.


The products and services described here are for research use only and are not intended to be used as clinical assays or for diagnostic decisions (excludes RNA-seqDx, which is a CAP-validated assay). 

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