Start-up Profile: SolveBio Wants to Bridge Genomic Research and Applications

It offers bioinformatics developers a standardized way to access and interpret annotated genetic databases

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Start-up Profile: SolveBio Wants to Bridge Genomic Research and Applications
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Cheap DNA-sequencing technologies have sparked rapid growth among biomedical companies looking to create new diagnostic tools and personalized therapeutic drugs, and even to give consumers insight into their own genomes. However, the raw data from an individual DNA sequence actually isn’t very informative on its own; as is the case with a raw trace of GPS data, making sense of an individual DNA sequence usually means situating it in the context of a map. And that’s what New York City–based SolveBio is doing: building a kind of Google Maps for genomics, by combining both public and private data sets into a standardized, quality-controlled collection. Computational biologists and bioinformaticists can then enhance their own software by programming it to tap into SolveBio’s knowledge base using an online connection.

Solvebio

Founded: 2013

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

His pivot from defense helped a tiny tuning-fork prevent SUV rollovers and plane crashes

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

In 1992, Asad M. Madni sat at the helm of BEI Sensors and Controls, overseeing a product line that included a variety of sensor and inertial-navigation devices, but its customers were less varied—mainly, the aerospace and defense electronics industries.

And he had a problem.

The Cold War had ended, crashing the U.S. defense industry. And business wasn’t going to come back anytime soon. BEI needed to identify and capture new customers—and quickly.

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