Illumina, the world’s largest DNA sequencing company, on 10 January 2016 announced the launch of the startup named GRAIL to develop blood-based cancer tests.
The company was launched in association with Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezo’s venture fund Bezos Expeditions and Arch Venture Partners.
Details related to Illumina
• The company will develop blood tests that cost 1000 US dollars or less for detecting many types of cancer before symptoms arise.
• The test, which is also called as liquid biopsy, will use high-speed DNA sequencing machines to scour a person’s blood for fragments of DNA released by cancer cells.
• All the partners in the startup raised around 100 million US dollars among themselves, in which Illumina will have the majority stake holder.
• The newly developed tests are expected to reach the market by 2019.
• GRAIL will operate from San Diego in California, the USA.
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What: Launched by Illumina
When: 10 January 2016