RainDance Microdroplet Technology Recognized as a Breakthrough Invention
Museum of Science, Boston and the Boston Patent Law Association honor company’s contributions to advancing genetic research
LEXINGTON, Mass – December 1, 2010 – RainDance Technologies, Inc., a private company pioneering microdroplet-based technologies for single molecule and single cell analysis, today announced that the company has been recognized by the Museum of Science, Boston and the Boston Patent Law Association for its innovations and contributions to advancing the field of genetic research.
The “Invented Here!” program highlights New England’s contribution to innovation in the fields of science and technology. By celebrating innovators, their inventions, and the stories behind them, the program aims to raise awareness about the art and business of invention. RainDance enables the high-resolution analysis of genetic variation, which is central to basic biomedical research, as well the rapidly advancing field of personalized medicine.
“The RainDance microdroplet technology represents a true breakthrough that is changing the way research scientists study the underlying genetic basis of human health and disease,“ said Michael Hunkapiller, Ph.D., Partner at Alloy Ventures and RainDance Board member. “The impact of this technology has the potential to dramatically advance the field of medical genetics research by uncovering novel information about both common diseases and rare health conditions.”
RainDance Technologies was founded by scientists from Harvard University including Darren Link, Ph.D. who serves as the company’s Vice President of Research and Development. Dr. Link is a physicist by training and has co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed articles and 20 patent applications in microfluidics.
“RainDance is honored to be recognized along with other innovative companies that hail from New England, a region with a long history of catalyzing local ingenuity into solutions that solve important problems and create jobs,” said Roopom Banerjee, President and CEO of RainDance Technologies. “We are proud of the contribution our microdroplet-based technology is making to the field of medically important genetics research and are committed to continually driving innovation that makes significant contributions to improving global health.”
Finalists were chosen by a panel of New England-based leaders in technology, industry, business, academia, and law who evaluated applicants on the transformative nature of their inventions and their impact to the field of focus. RainDance and other finalists will be recognized during a celebration on February 15, 2011 at the Museum of Science, Boston. For more information, please visit the Invented Here! website.
About RainDance Technologies, Inc.
RainDance Technologies provides novel microdroplet-based solutions that accelerate breakthroughs in disease research, human healthcare and industrial markets. RainDance’s proprietary technology platform delivers exquisite sensitivity and data quality that inspires scientists, researchers and clinicians to rethink the way they design experiments, approach discovery, or conduct clinical care. The core RainStorm™ technology empowers customers to conduct de novo science in an ultra high throughput, simple, flexible, and low cost manner. The company provides resolution of molecular, biological and physiological events from large population samples to unprecedented single cell analysis, all inside a contained droplet microenvironment that enables quantification, single molecule sensitivity, and preserves sample integrity with no bias or contamination. RainDance’s commercial products include instruments and high-value consumables and reagents for targeted resequencing validation and sequence enrichment for next-generation sequencing, ultra-deep sequencing, and methylation analysis. RainDance sells directly in the U.S. and in Europe, and is building distribution networks in Europe and Asia-Pacific. RainDance Technologies, with headquarters in Lexington, MA and a European sales office in the United Kingdom, has approximately 75 employees worldwide. For more information, please visit www.raindancetech.com.
RainStorm is a trademark of RainDance Technologies, Inc.
About the Museum of Science, Boston
The Museum takes a hands-on approach to science, engineering and technology, attracting about 1.5 million visitors a year via its programs and 700 interactive exhibits. Founded in 1830, the Museum was first to embrace all the sciences under one roof. Highlights include the Thomson Theater of Electricity, Charles Hayden Planetarium, Mugar Omni Theater, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, 3-D Digital Cinema and Butterfly Garden. Reaching 25,000 teens a year worldwide via the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network, the Museum also leads a 10-year, $41 million National Science Foundation-funded Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network of science museums. The Museum’s “Science Is an Activity” exhibit plan has been awarded many NSF grants and influenced science centers worldwide. Its National Center for Technological Literacy® aims to enhance knowledge of engineering and technology for people of all ages and inspire the next generation of engineers, inventors, and scientists. The Museum is ranked #3 by Parents Magazine in its list of the country’s Ten Best Science Centers. For more information, please visit www.mos.org.