The intellectual property which underpinned Helicos’ leap into the marketplace was the result of groundbreaking work done by cofounder Stephen Quake of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California.

Helicos developed instruments and reagents for the high-speed sequencing of DNA and RNA with the highest possible sensitivity. The company launched the world’s first single molecule DNA and RNA sequencing (SMS) technology. Helicos raised a $48.6M IPO in 2007.


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  • Founded: 2004