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/Expertise/Life sciences/Reading and writing genomes

Reading and writing genomes

How chip technology enables next-generation-sequencing, new data storage models and more.

COVID-19 makes us all realize how important it is to read, understand, and even write mother earth’s database contained in our genomes.

Imec is working on the chip components that will enable the next generation of sequencing technologies with even higher throughput and lower cost than ever before.

From the $ 700 cost per genome today, we target to develop new technologies that might bring this down to even $ 10 per genome. Besides that, we are looking at the next frontiers in sequencing: spatial omics and point-of-care sequencing.

These same building blocks will revolutionize how we will store and archive our digital data in the future, using DNA.

In this talk from ITF Health, imec expert Liesbet Lagae gives a clear overview of the technological building blocks that we need to make all of this happen.

About Liesbet Lagae

Liesbet Lagae is an imec Fellow and co-founder and currently Program Director of imec’s life science technologies department. In this role, she oversees the emerging R&D and business creation. She holds a PhD from the KU Leuven for her work on magnetic random-access memories. As a young group leader, she has initiated the field of molecular and cellular biochips leveraging silicon technologies at imec. She holds a prestigious ERC consolidator grant for developing a platform on single-cell analysis and sorting. She has (co-) authored 250 peer-reviewed papers in international journals (h-index 50) and holds more than 20 patents in the field. She is also part-time professor in nanobiotechnology at the KU Leuven physics department.

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