Updated on 14 March 2013
Another consideration with this acquisition is that BGI Shenzhen, who in the past relied on instrumentation from Illumina, Life Technologies and Roche, will gain access to Complete Genomics' proprietary next-generation technology. While Complete Genomics has maintained in the past that it would not commercialize its instrumentation and that the bulky systems were not developed with laboratory settings in mind, there is some speculation that BGI Shenzhen could change this strategy should the merge go through as planned. Next-generation sequencing market leader Illumina continues to fight and oppose the merge as it would likely lose BGI Shenzhen as a customer and face a larger competitive threat in the merged pair.
Nevertheless, the acquisition has gained clearance from the Chinese commission and the CFIUS, needing only similar clearance from the Federal Trade Commission before the deal can close. This acquisition will undoubtedly shake up the competitive structure and dynamics of the next-generation sequencing market over the next year.