January 31, 2019
5 Things to Know for JANUARY 2019
Happy New Year… Did you miss us?
- Working with middle school STEM students, Precision BioSciences launched the world’s first genome editing experiment into space this past December. Launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station aboard a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket, the cargo will be delivered to the International Space Station where astronauts will perform the experiment using Precision’s proprietary, next-generation genome editing technology, ARCUS. (Derek Jantz & James Smith, School of Medicine)
- Predigen, formerly Host Response, is a molecular diagnostics company creating a new generation of tests for infectious and inflammatory diseases. It expects to have a first product in regulatory review by the FDA sometime in 2022. One of its first products will likely be a test to help clinicians do a better job of differentiating bacterial from viral infections. (Ephraim L. Tsalik, School of Medicine)
- Junsang Kim(Pratt, ECE) co-founded IonQ on the premise that ‘trapped ion quantum’ computing could outperform the silicon-based quantum computers that Google and others are building. Now, it does. IonQ has constructed a quantum computer that can perform calculations on a 79-qubit, or quantum bit, array, beating Google’s previously held title efforts of 72-qubits. This means it can handle longer calculations than other commercial quantum computers.
- HiFidelity Genetics (HFG) has raised $8.5M in Series A funding to improve plant breeding using artificial intelligence. HFG is a computational crop breeding company that uses data science, advanced sensors, and large scale DNA sequencing to change the breeding paradigm from a brute force numbers game to predictive, precision data science. Arthur Moseley (SOM, Medicine) and Phil Benfey (Trinity, Biology)
- Researchers at Pratt have developed a new approach to multicolor holography that could be used to make 3D color displays. This lens-free holography method could bring color 3D displays to augmented reality glasses and smartphones on a very thin structure–such as glasses projecting into the pupil or a smartphone onto a wall.