Nebula Genomics

Nebula Genomics

Nebula Genomics is a genetics company developing a platform for individuals to get their personal genome sequenced, and then enable them to store and control that information through cryptographic encryption on the blockchain.

Nebula Genomics is a genetics company developing a platform for individuals to get their personal genome sequenced, and then enable them to store and control that information through cryptographic encryption on the blockchain. The company plans to provide individuals with a service to get their whole genome sequenced. It was founded by a group of individuals from Harvard including renowned geneticist George Church, Dennis Grishin, and Kamal Obbad.

Business model

In contrast to proprietary sequencing companies who own your genetic data after sequencing, Nebula is designed to let individuals retain control over their private sequence data while allowing them to earn money by sharing the right to temporarily borrow and analyze the data.

Data storage

Nebula is designed for data storage and access control will be implemented using Blockstack. The Blockstack system will allow users to regulate the access to data. Individual genome data will be stored in hash arrays in systems like IPFS.

Token model

Nebula tokens are the currency used on the nebula network. Nebula tokens can be used to as payment to order genome sequencing for an individual. They are also the currency data buyers will use in order to purchase access to the genomic and phenotypic data available from individuals whose genomes are stored with Nebula.

Timeline

August 2018

Nebula Genomics raises a $4,300,000 seed round from F-Prime Capital Partners, ARCH Venture Partners, Hikma Ventures, Hemi Ventures, Windham Venture Partners, Mirae Asset Venture Investment, Fenbushi Capital, Mayfield Fund, Heartbeat Labs, GreatPoint Ventures and Khosla Ventures.

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Armon Rahim

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Dennis Grishin

George Church

Kamal Obbad

Mirza Cifric

Preston Estep

Yining Zhao

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This new company wants to sequence your genome and let you share it on a blockchain

Emily Mullin

With startup, George Church bets cryptocurrency will boost genome sequencing

Sharon Begley

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