Ion Torrent to Provide Assembly and Analysis Solutions from DNAStar http://www.genengnews.com/gen-news-highlights/ion-torrent-to-provide-assembly-and-analysis-solutions-from-dnastar/81244638/
Working with commercial software providers appear to be Life Tech's direction. Earlier they announced a partnership with Partek. I think it is a good move since coming up with an inhouse software that works is not enough. There has to be more reasons for using one over another. Unless Life Tech is moving into providing it's own software solutions commercially, it is not cost effective to have a software development team working on solutions. ( unless of course if u r trying to use free software to close the gap between competitors. ) NGS has spawned a demand for bioinfo jobs and software to tackle the deluge of data. With new sequencers and new file formats I think the scene will be still have more vibrant yet confusing times to come.