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Helix, Illumina Partner to Support Startups for DNA-Driven Consumer Products

04:41 EDT 17 Aug 2017 | Genetic Engineering News

Personal genomics company Helix and Illumina are partnering to support consumer genomics startups. Helix is teaming up with Illumina Accelerator to provide resources and support for innovative entrepreneurs developing DNA-driven products for the consumer market. The partners are calling for startups to submit an application to Illumina Accelerator’s seventh round of funding by September 1 2017. Illumina Accelerator claims to be the world’s first business accelerator focused on supporting genomics startups. The initiative operates on a six-monthly funding cycle to provide successful applicants with seed investment, mentoring business guidance, laboratory space in the San Francisco Bay area, and access to Illumina sequencing technologies, reagents, and software. Additional match funding can be accessed through the $40 million Illumina Acclerator Boost Capital. Headquartered in the San Francisco Bay area, Helix was set up in 2015 with support from Illumina, which remains its largest shareholder. The latest partnership between Helix ...

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