I was speaking with some friends about Halcyon Molecular the other day. Here is their mission taken from their website:
Halcyon Molecular was founded with the mission to cure diseases, extend lifespan and enhance the quality of life. We believe that full genome sequencing will be a simple yet powerful tool, an essential step towards a systems level understanding of life. With this tool, biology and medicine will become data driven information sciences.
Brothers Michael and William Andregg founded Halcyon because when they were young they would look up at the sky and wonder when they would ever see them, up close and personally. Halcyon Molecular is particularly focused on curing cancer and extending healthy life. They were able to obtain initial funding by Peter Thiel. Peter Thiel, one of the PayPal founders funds extremely futuristic venture such as The Seasteading Institute, SENS Foundation, ZocDoc, the Singularity Institute and many more.
Back to Halcyon. This biotechnology company is researching ways to sequence an entire human genome in less than 10 minutes. This is being done in tandem with the personalized medicine companies that are becoming more and more popular along with immuno and gene therapies that are gaining traction as well.
After our DNA is parsed, examined and understood which protein expressions are triggered, or turned off via particular genes then much like a menu, our fully sequenced DNA can be laid out and particular genes can be selected for expression or suppression. These genes can boost our immune system, target cancer, slow or even inhibit aging.
Halcyon Molecular is currently about three years old and based in California.
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