UW Partnership with Pico Computing Receives $100,000 for Genomics Research

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.

SEATTLE – July 8, 2010 – Washington Technology Center has awarded $100,000 in state funding to the University of Washington to support a research collaboration with Pico Computing.

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.

UW Professor Scott Hauck is serving as the principal investigator on the project titled, “Acceleration of Genomics Algorithms on Pico Computing Boards.”

“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.

About Pico Computing

Pico Computing, headquartered in Seattle, Washington, specializes in highly integrated computing platforms based on Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) technologies. Applications for Pico Computing technologies include bioinformatics, cryptography, networking, signal processing, and scientific computing. Pico Computing products provide high levels of parallel computing performance at greatly reduced power consumption for performance-critical, hardware accelerated applications. http://www.picocomputing.com/

About the Research & Technology Development (RTD) Grant Program

Washington Technology Center competitively awards applied research funding through the Research & Technology Development Grant Program for technology projects that show strong potential for commercializing products and creating jobs in Washington. Since 1996, this state-funded program has supported 345 research commercialization projects developed between companies and non-profit research institutions. Applications for the next round of funding will be available in January 2011. More information about the research and technology development program is available online at http://www.watechcenter.org/rtd.

About Washington Technology Center

The mission of Washington Technology Center is to assist companies in the creation of innovative products and technologies that provide job opportunities for the citizens of Washington state. Through the Investing in Innovation program, Washington Technology Center provides companies with access to critical resources and support such as state and federal funding. Our 15,000-square-foot Microfabrication Laboratory provides companies and university researchers access to state-of-the-art process tools for micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) research and product/process development. The impact of Washington Technology Center’s work has generated more than $600 million in additional investment for Washington companies and researchers. Learn more at http://www.watechcenter.org/ or call 206-685-1920.

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