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Asimov (Biotechnology)

Asimov (Biotechnology)

Asimov is a startup that programs living cells with genetic circuits.

Asimov, founded by MIT's Alec Nielsen, Raja Srinivas, Chris Voigt and Doug Densmore, is working on bridging the gap between the digital and the biological by creating a set of computer-aided biology design tools.

The technique Asimov created translates the logic and structure of a traditional circuit into a DNA strand that can be introduced to an organism and replicated inside it, where it will perform the same type of calculation (XOR, for instance) inside the cell.

In December 2017, Asimov announced $4.7 million in seed funding. Andreessen Horowitz led the round. Data Collective, Pillar Companies, and AME Cloud Ventures also invested.

Timeline

December 2017
Asimov raises a $4,700,000 seed round from AME Cloud Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, DCVC Bio, Pillar and The a16z Cultural Leadership Fund.
May 2017
Asimov raises a $4,700,000 seed round from Andreessen Horowitz and Data Collective.

Funding rounds

Funding round
Funding type
Funding round amount (USD)
Funding round date
Investment
Asimov (Biotechnology) Seed round, May 2017
4,700,000
May 2017
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People

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Role
LinkedIn

Alec Nielsen

Founder

Joe Isaacson

Employee

Mukund Varma

Employee

Raja Srivinas

Founder

Vijay Pande

Board member

Further reading

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Bio-programming toolkit maker Asimov launches with $4.7M from Andreessen Horowitz

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

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Companies

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