MicroPure Genomics Inc. Awarded National Science Foundation Phase I SBIR Grant
Denver, Colorado- Denver-based biotech start-up MicroPure Genomics Inc., a graduate of Innosphere Ventures Accelerator program, has received a phase I SBIR grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to improve genetic analysis and enhance quality of life. Titled “Rapid, End-to-end Sample Preparation for Sequencing Applications,” the grant will provide $274,199 in research funding to develop their novel platform that prepares genomic material for sequencing in a fraction of the time and cost, providing researchers tools to pursue unparalleled insights into the complexities of our genome.
The research will be conducted in the laboratories of Dr. Jason E Butler, University of Florida Professor of Chemical Engineering, and the MicroPure Genomics laboratory located in the Fitzsimons innovation center in Denver, CO, under Dr. Ryan J Montes, the Principal Investigator (PI) for the NSF grant.
“We are delighted to receive this prestigious Phase I SBIR research grant from the NSF and for the validation of our EH Trapping technology that it represents,” stated Dr. Montes. He added, “Sequencing is become faster, cheaper and portable, shifting the bottleneck of genomic sequencing to the front-end sample preparation. MicroPure’s solution will eliminate the bottleneck and allow for any sample to be rapidly prepared anywhere.”
About MicroPure Genomics
MicroPure is developing a sample preparation instrument capable of preparing ultra-long to short read samples for genomic sequencing using a rapid, novel approach utilizing its proprietary purification technology, EH Trapping. The state-of-the-art instrument, known as the μPrep, not only automates end-to-end genomic sample preparation but also reduces the preparation time, the man-power burden, and associated cost. Using the µPrep enables unprecedented reliability and length of samples, and consequent sequencing results that will provide insights into the genome that are not currently possible. https://micropuregenomics.com/
About the NSF: The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports science and engineering in all 50 states and U.S. territories. Approximately a quarter of the federal funds allocated for basic research in American colleges and universities are provided by NSF investments. The NSF promotes collaborations among academic institutions, industry, non-profit entities, government agencies, and other organizations within the United States as well as across the world. https://www.nsf.gov