Oxford Nanopore expands Oxford headquarters and opens new informatics outstation in Cambridge, UK
Thu 21st July 2011
Oxford Nanopore Technologies, Ltd announces the expansion of its Oxford headquarters and the opening of a new Oxford Nanopore informatics outstation in Cambridge, UK.
These new premises will support further corporate development of Oxford Nanopore following its recent £25 million fundraising. New space at Florey House, Oxford Science Park, adds to existing laboratories and offices at Edmund Cartwright House, expanding the Company’s headquarters from 10,000 square feet to 17,000 square feet. The new Oxford Nanopore informatics facility at Chesterford Research Park, Cambridge, will provide an additional base for the Company’s growing team of informaticians.
“Oxford Nanopore is growing rapidly. We are expanding existing groups and adding new functions, and these new premises give us long term growth capacity,” said Gordon Sanghera, CEO. “The new Oxford facility allows us to expand R&D, production and quality functions at our headquarters. Meanwhile, the Cambridge location helps us to attract the best informaticians. Because the European informatics community has such strong links to Cambridge, we believe it will be critical to have a facility there to support our current and future informatics staff.”
Oxford Nanopore is recruiting for various positions in its Oxford and Cambridge locations. View vacancies.
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Oxford Nanopore Technologies
Oxford Nanopore Technologies Ltd is developing a novel technology for direct, electronic detection and analysis of single molecules using nanopores. The modular, scalable GridION technology platform is designed to offer substantial benefits in a variety of applications.
The Company is developing two techniques for DNA sequencing: Exonuclease Sequencing and Strand Sequencing, both of which combine a protein nanopore with a processive enzyme for the analysis of DNA. The system is also compatible with the direct analysis of RNA. Oxford Nanopore is also developing a Protein Analysis technology that combines target proteins with ligands for direct, electronic analysis using protein nanopores. These nanopore sensing techniques are combined with the Company's proprietary array chip within the GridION system. The Company also has collaborations for the development of solid-state nanopores.
Oxford Nanopore has collaborations and exclusive licensing deals with leading institutions including the University of Oxford, Harvard and UCSC. The Company has funding programmes in these laboratories to support the science of nanopore sensing. Oxford Nanopore has licensed or owns more than 300 patents and patent applications that relate to many aspects of nanopore sensing from protein nanopores to solid state nanopores and for the analysis of DNA, proteins and other molecules. This includes the use of functionalised solid-state nanopores for molecular characterisation, methods of fabricating solid-state nanopores and modifications of solid-state nanopores to adjust sensitivity or other parameters.