Next-generation sequencing technologies have reduced the time and cost to sequence whole genomes, but the computational time and resources needed to analyze the resulting data remain a bottleneck. Edico Genome Inc. is developing a processor that reduces the time to analyze genome sequences to less than half an hour without sacrificing accuracy.

Next-generation sequencing generates large digital data files comprising short segments of DNA. "What comes out of the sequencing machine is a digital puzzle with all the pieces scrambled," said Edico President and CEO Pieter van Rooyen. Currently, large clusters of computer servers are needed to generate usable sequencing information by mapping these DNA segments to a reference genome to put the puzzle pieces together.