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Challenge Life Grand Challenge: Twice the Speed of Genome Sequencing
Life Grand Challenge: Twice the Speed of Genome Sequencing
Award: $1,000,000 USD
Deadline: Withdrawn
Active Solvers: 327
Posted: Apr 15 2011
Challenge ID: 9932754
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The goal of this Life Grand Challenge, sponsored by Life Technologies, is to reduce the amount of time required to prepare samples for sequencing on the Ion Torrent Personal Genome MachineTM DNA sequencing technology.  More specifically, the goal is to find a way to cut the time in half.  The Winner of the Speed Grand Challenge will have to provide a two-fold improvement, relative to the best Life Technologies performance. 

This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires a written proposal and experimental proof-of-concept data. This Challenge’s treatment of Solvers’ IP rights differs from a typical RTP Challenge, so read the Challenge Agreement (entitled Life Technologies Grand Challenge Terms and Conditions) carefully.


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The goal of the Life Grand Challenge on DNA sequencing speed, sponsored by Life Technologies, is to improve the speed of DNA preparation for sequencing on the PGM.  More specifically, Solvers are expected to reduce the sample preparation time in half when compared to the best Life Technologies’ internal records for that quarter.  This Challenge will be open for 4 consecutive quarters or until solved.  

The Winning Solver will be determined during the Grand Challenge Event held by Life Technologies and judged by a panel of world-renowned experts in the field.  For more information on the rules and conditions of Life Technologies’ Grand Challenge Event, see here.

To qualify for the Evaluation Event, the Solvers will have to submit the following: 

  • The detailed description of the approach including step-by-step protocol and time estimates for completing the whole procedure. 
  • Proof of exceeding the target throughput as outlined in the Detailed Description of the Challenge. 
  • Completed legal documentation to signify the Solver’s compliance with the terms and conditions of the Speed Grand Challenge. 


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