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Life Grand Challenge: Twice the Accuracy of Genome Sequencing

AWARD:  $1,000,000 USD
DEADLINE: Withdrawn
POSTED: Apr 15 2011
SOURCE: InnoCentive

The goal of this Life Grand Challenge, sponsored by Life Technologies, is to improve the accuracy of the Ion Torrent Personal Genome MachineTM DNA sequencing technology. More specifically, the goal is to find a way to double the accuracy of data generated by the Ion chips. The winner of the Accuracy Grand Challenge will have to provide a two-fold improvement, relative to the best Life Technologies performance, in the accuracy (half of the error rate) across Ion Torrent’s available chips.

Challenge ID: 9932755
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Challenge Overview

The goal of the Life Grand Challenge on DNA sequencing accuracy, sponsored by Life Technologies, is to improve the accuracy of DNA sequence generated by the PGM.  More specifically, Solvers are expected to double the sequencing accuracy of the best Life Technologies’ internal records for that quarter. This challenge was originally opened in April 2011 will remain open for 4 consecutive quarters or until solved.  

Unlike the Scale and Speed Life Grand Challenges, Solvers DO NOT need to have access to Life Technologies’ PGM or Torrent Server to develop and test their proposed solutions.  Instead, in order to access the large datasets for the Accuracy Grand Challenge, Solvers may utilize either a cloud-based torrent server hosted by Penguin Computing or Amazon Web Services or download and run local a virtual machine instance.

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 their approach including a step-by-step description of their algorithm and source code. 
  • Proof of exceeding the target accuracy 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 Accuracy Grand Challenge. 
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