Thursday, September 6, 2018

Startup Speeds DNA Analysis with GPUs

Parabricks, a startup based in Ann Arbor, Mich., and NVIDIA Inception member, is shrinking the time this analysis takes from a couple days to under an hour. “It’s the first application for secondary analysis of genomic data on a GPU, and it fully matches the state-of-the-art analytical pipeline,” said Dave Gregorka, president of Parabricks.

This speedup enables researchers to efficiently analyze trends in genomic data from entire populations, benefiting the fields of personalized medicine, drug discovery and disease treatment. And it’s a game-changer for medical cases where a patient is in critical condition, and genetic analysis can help a doctor quickly diagnose and develop a treatment plan.