Oxford Nanopore Technologies

Oxford Nanopore Technologies

DNA sequencing company specializing in rapid long-read sequencing through nanopores.

Oxford Nanopore Technologies (also known as Oxford Nanopore) is a British biotechnology company that produces machines and kits for nanopore sequencing of both DNA and RNA. Oxford Nanopore's sequencing technology is based on measuring the voltage across a membrane as a motor protein threads a single strand of nucleic acid through a transmembrane protein pore. This approach to reading DNA enables Oxford Nanopore to build small, low-power, inexpensive DNA sequencers; to sequence extremely long strands of DNA; and to perform rapid DNA sequence detection and analysis. These characteristics have lead to the use of Oxford Nanopore devices to perform genetic analysis in remote or extreme environments, such as deep in a rainforest or on the International Space Station; and to their use for rapid detection, diagnosis and analysis of pathogens in the field, such as during the 2014-15 Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

While the basecalling accuracy of Oxford Nanopore sequencers remains lower than those achievable by Sanger or Illumina sequencing, both per-read and consensus assembly accuracy have rapidly improved in the past few years.

Oxford Nanopore has stated its goal to enable 'anyone, to sequence anything, anywhere.'

Timeline

March 2018

Oxford Nanopore Technologies raises a $140,000,000 venture round from HOSTPLUS, GIC Private Limited and China Construction Bank.

April 26, 2011

Oxford Nanopore Technologies raises a $41,190,892 series D round from IP Group and Lansdowne Partners.

April 13, 2010

Oxford Nanopore Technologies raises a $28,000,000 series C round from Illumina, IP Group and Lansdowne Partners.

May 10, 2006

Oxford Nanopore Technologies raises a $10,260,000 series B round from IP Group.

Funding rounds

Funding round
Funding type
Funding round amount (USD)
Funding round date
Investment
Oxford Nanopore Technologies funding round, October 2018
66,000,000
October 18, 2018
Amgen
Oxford Nanopore Technologies Series C round
Series C round
28,000,000
April 13, 2010
Illumina
IP Group
Lansdowne Partners
Oxford Nanopore Technologies Ltd funding round, March 2018
Venture round
140,000,000
March 2018
China Construction Bank
GIC Private Limited
HOSTPLUS
Oxford Nanopore Technologies Series D round
Series D round
41,190,892
April 26, 2011
IP Group
Lansdowne Partners
Oxford Nanopore Technologies funding round, May 2005
896,000
May 23, 2005
IP Group
Oxford Nanopore Technologies Series B round
Series B round
10,260,000
May 10, 2006
IP Group
Oxford Nanopore Technologies funding round, October 2013
60,610,058
October 9, 2013
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Gordon Sanghera

Co-Founder

Adam Hurst

Employee

Andy Davies

Employee

Fernando Izquierdo

Employee

Garrett Matthew Knight

Employee

Hagan Bayley

Co-Founder

Ilya M

Employee

Janusz Rupar

Employee

Jonatan Bjork

Employee

Jonathan Pugh

Employee

Julian Atienza

Employee

Kunal Bandekar

Investor

Nicholas Scales

Employee

Paul Triniman

Investor

Roger Pettett

Employee

Ryan M Harrison

Employee

Saurabh Sarkar

Employee

Tim Massingham

Employee

Yan Yang

Employee

Yaroslav Faybishenko

Investor

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