Technology: Background, Opportunity & Solution
















The Human Genome Project was initiated in 1990 and aimed at deciphering the entire human DNA sequence. It took over 13 years and cost $3 Billion dollars until a first draft sequence of the human genome was presented. In 2006, the first so-called next generation sequencing machine was introduced. Since then the throughput of sequenced bases per run increased dramatically while the cost per base spiraled down in a mind-numbing pace. Despite these enormous improvements current genomic platforms are still too inefficient and too expensive for genome-wide analysis, hindering the realization of personal genomic sequencing.


Quantapore's solution

Quantapore is developing a novel, nanopore-based sequencing technology that will allow the deciphering of a human genome in less than a day for a fraction of today's sequencing cost. In addition, no sample preparation will be necessary - the user only adds nucleic acid to the sequencing cartridge. After inserting the cartridge into the sequencer the process of reading the sequence will start automatically.





Reading the human genome.


Quantapore Inc. 2011