Pico Computing will develop software for accelerating genomics processing in partnership with University of Washington’s Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Engineering.
Pico Computing, a Seattle-based developer of reconfigurable computing hardware and software, is teaming with the University of Washington Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Engineering to evaluate the use of high-performance parallel computing for accelerating genomics processing. Pico Computing plans to commercialize the resulting technology, which will have benefits for basic medical research, human health, and agriculture. University of Washington will receive $100,000 in research and technology development funding from Washington Technology Center for this Phase I project.
“Reconfigurable computing platforms based on field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) have become increasingly powerful for high-performance computing,” said professor Hauck. “This project will create high-performance, parallel solutions to computational problems in support of DNA sequencing, using FPGA-based logic systems.”
“We are happy to be working with the University of Washington on this project,” said Dr. Robert Trout, founder and president of Pico Computing. “We expect that this project will significantly advance knowledge in the domain of life sciences, as well as providing new product opportunities and growth potential for our company.”
“As our economy continues to struggle, innovative private-public partnerships like this are imperative. By leveraging more resources, we will be able to put more Washington workers back to work in living wage jobs,” state Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-Seattle) said.
“These advancements, happening as a result of creative visionaries, the University of Washington’s world class research departments, and Washington Technology Center’s tremendously important grants represent everything we are trying to accomplish in the biotech field,” said state Rep. Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle). “The innovation, high paying jobs, R&D ripple effect and commercialization of knowledge will improve not just Seattle but the whole world. We have all of the central ingredients to make Seattle the world’s premier hub for life science, global health, R&D commercialization and other fields representative of science in the 21st Century.”
“This investment will help the UW stay on the cutting-edge of DNA research and offers real promise for an important local business,” said state Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson (D-Seattle), who represents the legislative district where Pico Computing is headquartered.
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