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Oxford Nanopore

Oxford Nanopore Technologies was founded in 2005 to develop an electronic, single molecule sensing system based on nanopore science. The company now has more than 250 employees from multiple disciplines including nanopore science, molecular biology and applications, informatics, engineering, electronics, manufacturing and commercialization. Oxford Nanopore's instruments — MinIon, PromethIon, and GridIon are adaptable for the analysis of DNA, RNA, proteins, small molecules and other types of molecule.

Oxford Nanopore Facts

 

CEO: Gordon Sanghera

Website: www.nanoporetech.com

Ticker symbol: Privately held

Headquarters: Oxford, UK

Number of employees: 250+

The company said that several companies in China are installing the GridIon X5 sequencing platform for in-house and service work.

In its suit PacBio alleges that Oxford Nanopore infringes two patents it holds related to nanopore sequencing. 

Researchers report they sequenced and identified plant species in an "al fresco" laboratory.

The Inhale project is assessing respiratory disease tests on Oxford Nanopore's MinIon and PCR platforms from Curetis and BioMérieux's BioFire Diagnostics.

MinION in the Clinic

UK clinicians are to begin a trial using Oxford Nanopore's MinION to diagnose pneumonia, according to the Telegraph.

The Smarty Pants

A number of genomics companies have made Technology Review's list of smart companies.

PlayDNA Pilot Project

The New York Genome Center spinout has been conducting a pilot project involving Oxford Nanopore's MinIon with a Manhattan middle school.

Oxford Nanopore Flongle

The company is working on a variety of updates for existing platforms, including a disposable MinIon flow cell for diagnostic applications, as well as on new nanopore devices.

Two research groups demonstrated the de novo assembly of a human genome and a tomato genome, using data from Oxford Nanopore's MinIon.

Oxford Nanopore filed two lawsuits, one in the UK and one in Germany.

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The New York City Police Department will be removing DNA profiles from a local database if they are from people who were never convicted of a crime, the New York Times reports.

Science reports that accusations of sexual assault against a microbiome researcher has also led to questions about his academic certifications.

Wired reports that researchers are analyzing the DNA fish leave behind in water to study their populations.

In Science this week: comprehensive cellular map of the human thymus, evidence of admixture between the ancestors of Neanderthals and Denisovan and a 'superarchaic' population.