A few weeks ago we asked people to participate in a quick survey to help us make sure that our product development efforts are focused on areas of greatest need to the community. We were blown away by the response — many thanks to all of you who took time out of your busy days to offer your perspective.
We wanted to share a little bit about what we heard. Most respondents work in research, though a fair number came from the clinical realm. The most common genomics applications they use are RNA-seq, targeted sequencing, genome resequencing, and de novo genome sequencing. The single biggest sample prep challenge they reported was dealing with low-input or precious samples. While the vast majority of respondents use short-read sequencers, they expressed a lot of interest in adding long-read sequencing or synthetic long-read data to their pipelines.
We also offered participants the chance to win an Apple Watch. We printed out the list of respondents who asked to enter the drawing, and then we chose Tanja, the cheeriest member of the Sage team, to select our winner (as you can see, she had a good time!). Congratulations to Davinder Sandhu at Weill Cornell Medical College for winning the watch!