Company:Edico Genome

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Edico Genome is a company based in San Diego, California that sells a product for processing DNA sequencing data.


The company was founded in 2013 by Pieter van Rooyen, Robert McMillen, and Michael Ruehle, using office space at a company called EvoNexus in San Diego.[1]

Edico Genome announced $10 million in venture capital financing in July 2014, which was led by Qualcomm Ventures and included Axon Ventures and Gregory T. Lucier, the former chairman and CEO of Life Technologies.[2][3][4][5]

Following the advent of the $1000 genome,[6] enabled by Illumina’s HiSeq X Ten, the amount of data generated[7] by next-generation sequencing has increased[8] exponentially,[9] and is outpacing Moore’s Law. DRAGEN is a reconfigurable Bio-IT Processor that is integrated on a PCIe card with accompanying software sold as a platform as a service. The processor is loaded with algorithms for DNA sequencing. It supports sequencing instruments such as Illumina’s HiSeq X Ten, Thermo Fischer’s Ion Proton Sequencer and Pacific Biosciences’ PacBio RS II.

The processor reduces the time needed to analyze a whole human genome, from 24 hours to 18 minutes.[10] It also reduces associated costs as it replaces the high-end computer servers otherwise needed for genome analysis as well as the required IT infrastructure, without compromising accuracy.[11]

DRAGEN was announced in October 2014.[12] Edico Genome made its first sale[13] of DRAGEN[14] in September 2014 to Sequenom, a San Diego company focused on non-invasive prenatal testing.

In December 2014, DRAGEN got a marketing mention.[15][16]

In September, 2015, Edico Genome and the Children's Mercy Kansas City published a study showing the diagnosis of critically ill newborns in just 26 hours using DRAGEN.[17]

Edico Genome’s board of directors includes Lucier, Eric Topol, professor of genomics at The Scripps Research Institute; Charles Cantor, chief scientific officer of Sequenom; and Nils Homer, genomics informatics leader at the Broad Institute.


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  7. Baxt, Josh (February 3, 2015). "Forget Smartphones—Genomic Data is the Next Big Deal, Says Edico Genome CEO". BioSpace. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  8. Parmar, Arundhati (August 14, 2014). "As Genomics Moves to Clinical Domain, Bio-IT Plays Key Role". Medical Device & Diagnostic Industry. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  9. Bigelow, Bruce (April 17, 2014). "Edico Genome Aims at Data Processing Bottleneck in Whole Genome Sequencing". Xconomy. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  10. Pedersen, Amanda (July 18, 2014). "Edico Genome raises $10M Series A to commercialize bioinformatics chip". Medical Device Daily. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  11. Kling, Jim (July 17, 2014). "Edico Genome: Powering up genome analysis". Start-Up. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  12. Fikes, Bradley (October 22, 2014). "Edico starts selling high-powered genome processor". U-T San Diego. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  13. Oldach, Laurel (September 4, 2014). "Edico Genome Makes First Sale of NGS Processor". Bio-IT World. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  14. "Sequenom Taps Edico's Infrastructure for NIPT Data Analysis". GenomeWeb. September 3, 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
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  16. "Top 10 Innovations 2014 | The Scientist Magazine®". 
  17. Miller, Neil A.; Farrow, Emily G.; Gibson, Margaret; Willig, Laurel K.; Twist, Greyson; Yoo, Byunggil; Marrs, Tyler; Corder, Shane et al. (2015-09-30). "A 26-hour system of highly sensitive whole genome sequencing for emergency management of genetic diseases". Genome Medicine 7 (1). doi:10.1186/s13073-015-0221-8. ISSN 1756-994X. PMID 26419432. PMC 4588251. Retrieved March 21, 2017. 

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