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University of Washington Spinout Raises $1.2M for Next-Generation RNA Sequencing Technology

By October 22, 2018No Comments

There’s a new biotechnology spin-out from the University of Washington, and the company is already raising cash to get its technology off the ground.

Split Biosciences, which also goes by Split Bio, just raised a $1.2 million seed round. In an email to GeekWire, the company declined to identify the investors in the round, but did share details of its technology.

Split is developing a new method of sequencing cells’ RNA, the messenger molecules that communicate genetic instructions to proteins.

“In recent years, single-cell RNA-sequencing (scRNA-seq) has seen explosive growth both within academia and pharmaceutical companies. However, despite the widespread adoption of scRNA-seq in basic research and discovery, high costs and low throughput have limited its uses for many applications,” Charlie Roco, Split’s co-founder, said in the email.

To combat this, Split has created a faster sequencing process called SPLiT-seq. It was developed in the lab of synthetic biology professor Georg Seelig by Roco and Alex Rosenberg, two researchers at the lab. All three are co-founders of Split Bio.