Ion Torrent CEO Jonathan Rothberg, Life Technologies Recognized by Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Awards for the Ion Personal Genome Machine
This marks the second time Rothberg has been honored for his groundbreaking innovation and ingenuity by the publication. He was the Gold winner in the Wall Street Journal’s Technology Innovation Awards in 2005 for inventing high-speed DNA sequencing. The current prize recognizes Rothberg for inventing an integrated circuit or chip that “sees” chemistry and devising a way to move high-speed gene sequencing to this semiconductor platform, setting the stage for the routine use of DNA sequencing in medicine. An American scientists and entrepreneur, Rothberg has founded four genomics companies, including 454 Life Sciences, Raindance Technologies, CuraGen Corporation, and Ion Torrent.
In less than a year since Life Technologies commercially launched the PGM™, the semiconductor-based instrument has become the best-selling, next-generation sequencing machine in the world and is democratizing DNA sequencing. The PGM™ enabled two independent teams of scientists in Germany and China to quickly decipher the deadly E. coli bacterium that caused more than 50 deaths in Europe this year in just three days – a task that would have taken up to two weeks on traditional instruments.
Scientists were able to use the data generated by the PGM™ to develop a test to screen food samples in less than a week. The speed and accuracy with which the sequencing work was performed on the bench top instrument led to worldwide news coverage – including a New York Times article that described the PGM’s technology as “a game-changer.”
A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and Yale University where he received his B.S and Ph.D., respectively, Rothberg’s seminal work in sequencing technology is recognized as some of the most pivotal in the last decade. The New England Journal of Medicine described his sequencing innovation as “The New Age of Molecular Diagnostics for Microbial Agents.” Science magazine called it one of the top 10 breakthroughs for 2008.
Rothberg is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including: Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (1998); The World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneer (2007, 2008 and 2010); CBA Brilliant Achievement Award (2011); among others.
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