An incredible innovation story has been unfolding in genetic sequencing, which is giving rise to one of today’s grand challenges of computing. New DNA sequencing tools in development are said to have enough horsepower to decipher the complete 3-billion-letter signature of an individual’s DNA for under $1,000, and possibly with as little as 15 minutes of work. If this can be done on a large scale, scientists hope it will create an enormously deep set of information to clear the way for a more personalized brand of medicine.
There are still immense challenges to be confronted before this vision can become reality. This genomic data will need to be stored, secured, backed up, analyzed, and visualized in order for it to live up to its promise. Many of today’s high tech leaders, including Amazon and Microsoft, see big opportunities in helping overcome those challenges through their cloud computing technology. And while an earlier generation of entrepreneurs struggled to build businesses around software for managing genomic data, a new wave of startups is emerging to tackle the challenge anew. Xconomy will convene some of the West Coast’s leading entrepreneurs, scientists and investors to talk about the role computing will play in this big story of the coming decade.
Leroy Hood, President and Co-founder, Institute for Systems Biology
Cliff Reid, Co-founder and CEO, Complete Genomics
Eric Schadt, Chief Scientific Officer, PacBio
Jim Karkanias, Senior Director, Applied Research and Technology, Microsoft Health Solutions
Deepak Singh, Senior Business Development Manager, Amazon Web Services
Rowan Chapman, Partner, Mohr Davidow Ventures
Andreas Sundquist, Co-founder and CEO, DNANexus
Ilya Kupershmidt, Co-founder and VP of Products, NextBio
Rob Arnold, President, Geospiza
Tim Hunkapiller, Consultant, Life Technologies
Paul Rutherford, CTO, Isilon Storage Division, EMC
Bob Nelsen, Managing Director, Arch Venture Partners
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