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Environmental responsibility

Oxford Nanopore's contribution and commitment to environmental science is baked into the design of our technology. Years ago we made a decision to make the first portable, sequencing device — and we chose to make it accessible, not only in terms of pricing, but shipping it to any location and providing online support.

A thriving community of scientists use our portable sequencing devices in environmental applications. These include plant and animal biodiversity, the analysis of ocean or glacial microbiomes to understand the impact of climate change, and the protection of wildlife.

We continue to support these customers by developing devices, kits and analysis tools that support their work and technical support to enable success. Frequently their science is performed in the field rather than in labs – close to the need of environmental insights.

Portable sequencing

Loss of biodiversity is an urgent problem. Genomics can help with existing conservation work, as well as securing the DNA sequence of critically endangered species for future knowledge, before further numbers are lost. is a pilot-stage project designed to support faster, more localised sequencing of critically endangered species, by enabling biologists to rapidly sequence those species close to the sample’s origin, using the latest ultra-long read approaches.

Data-rich, de novo whole genome assemblies will be enabled through the provision of consumable support that can be used with Oxford Nanopore sequencers, on the condition that the data generated will be openly shared with the scientific community.


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Case study

Keeping cool with wool

We wanted to ensure our packaging was as recyclable as possible.

Given the nature of our products, they need to be kept within a certain temperature range during distribution. Using a wool lining seemed like the perfect solution.

Wool is one of the most sustainable natural materials, being available in abundance as a by-product of rearing sheep and being fully biodegradable after it has fulfilled its purpose.

The Woolcool Insulated Box Set consists of a strong, robust outer cardboard box, containing two insulating Fleece Liners.

We encourage our customers to return used products in the same packaging, where we reuse or recycle the materials, creating a closed-loop system.

A team of scientists took the MinION portable sequencer completely off grid.
Understanding our oceans with portable DNA sequencing technology
Unraveling shark secrets: sequencing genomes and microbiomes
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