Oxford Nanopore Technologies has revealed that it has entered into a new and stronger alliance with University of Oxford, to develop ground-breaking products for molecular analysis. The Company would be plowing in a lot of funds into Professor Hagan Bayley’s laboratories, which mainly deal with projects such as direct sequencing of ssDNA (single stranded DNA).
The CEO of Oxford Nanopore Technologies, Dr. Gordon Sanghera, remarked that they were pleased to extend their collaborative efforts to the University of Oxford, and that the company’s wide range of nanopore sensing devices are attuned to the core technology, thereby augmenting the possibilities surfacing from investigating DNA Sequencing applications and protein sensing solutions.
The company established in 2005 is based on Professor Bayley’s innovative technologies, and it has also created alliances with other top educational bodies, such as University of California and Harvard University, and possesses patents for more than 200 nanopore sensing products. At present it is creating a radical platform technology, to be used for detecting and analyzing single molecules, along with the company’s exonuclease-sequencing application, combining a protein nanopore with a processive enzyme. Strand- sequencing method is also utilized. Upcoming nanopore sensors may utilize solid-state nanopores in synthetic materials. The platform can also handle protein analysis, being driven by electronics, and being highly scalable it permits parallel measurement processes of multiple individual channels all on one silicon array chip.
Bayley laboratory continues to research, present day demanding tasks in sequencing of ssDNA, and notice of progress in these methods are published in a 2009 dated PNAS Publication.