Desktop Genetics (DeskGen) is an online service that researchers can use to design CRISPR gene editing experiments, purchase reagents and find commercial entities to execute those experiments – (and obtain results) without them having their own specialist laboratories.
The startup was founded in 2012 by three young scientists from University of Cambridge, who were frustrated in their way of managing Gene editing research. Since then, DeskGen has raised an initial fund of €500K (phwoar) in 2014, and in September announced the closure of a €1.87M financing round!
Illumina on the other hand, is a leading developer, manufacturer, and marketer of life science tools and integrated systems for large-scale analysis of genetics. Based in San Diego (US),