SAN DIEGO, Calif. – A short walk around the ScaleMatrix campus provides a glimpse into the full spectrum of possibilities in genomics and life science. Within the ScaleMatrix data center, high-density cabinets help power the IT operations of billionaire J. Craig Venter, the life sciences pioneer who led the effort to sequence the human genome. These include the J. Craig Venter Institute and several companies founded by Venter to apply machine learning techniques to genetics research and create better biofuels.
In a building next door, the next generation of genomics entrepreneurs are setting up shop at the ScaleMatrix Life Science and Technology Launch Center, a startup accelerator operated by ScaleMatrix and one of its customers, Diagnomics. The spacious digs include the usual co-working offices, kitchen area and foosball table. But there’s also a room you don’t see at most startup hubs – a human genomics laboratory outfitted with gene sequencing equipment.
The accelerator is optimized for new companies launched by grads of the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), one of the nation’s leading research hubs for genomics and life sciences. In addition to the genomics lab, the startups have access to high-density computing horsepower from the ScaleMatrix data center, as well as low-latency network access to key databases at the San Diego Supercomputer Center.
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