UK Start-Up Gets €380k to Understand Cancer with CRISPR

23/02/2016 - 3 minutes

Desktop Genetics, a small bioinformatics start-up out of London, has won a substantial grant to understand why some cancer cells just won’t quit. To do this, it relies on CRISPR, their expertise with genetic data, and research from Imperial College London.

deskgen_illumina_ngs_crisprDesktop Genetics has already proven that it can move some money, with a €1.87 M fundraising through business angels. It has also caught the eye of US Giant Illumina, which was interested in applying Desktop Genetics algorithms to next generation sequencing (NGS).

This start-up’s DESKGEN platform allows scientists design and manage CRISPR gene editing experiments. After all, CRISPR technology can be groundbreaking, but it is much more useful if scientists can actually use it. Furthermore, an affordable and accessible technology has even potential to create some non-traditional innovation.

Desktop Genetics is now under the spotlight of Innovate UK – a governmental initiative which has previously funded projects in cell-therapy manufacturing and a UK Biotech (Sareum) which is tackling leukaemia.

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