Metrichor Ltd is a company spun out of Oxford Nanopore, whose goal is to enable the analysis of any living thing, by any person and in any environment.
Metrichor was founded to offer fully integrated, bespoke, real-time analysis solutions based on scalable, real time nanopore sensing technologies. Those complete solutions may include bespoke devices to extract a sample of interest, perform DNA/RNA sequencing or integrated software to provide analysis and actions.
Examples may be: a monitoring system for a food supply chain; a network to monitor infectious disease and antimicrobial resistance; a large scale agricultural or environmental monitoring system, or personalised systems that allow individuals to monitor their biological state.
DNA or RNA as a source of useful information
All organisms - living or dead - contain molecules such as DNA or RNA that provide information about their identity, health, biological state, response to stimulus or evolution.
Real time monitoring of these molecules can therefore provide information that may be of use to people seeking to monitor the identity of a biological item or changes in an environment, supply chain or individuals' health status.
Metrichor's analysis solutions include sensors and analytics to help track, trend and predict biological data, and so provide actionable information. Analytics services and devices can be customised for any applications, whether medical, industrial, environmental, commercial or domestic.
Accessible to all
Access to traditional DNA sequencing technology is limited by expensive, unwieldy equipment that ties experimentation and analysis to established laboratories.
Metrichor solutions are based on nanopore sensing, that can provide miniaturised and portable low-cost sequencing devices to enable anybody to sequence anything, anywhere. Metrichor solutions can also allow distributed groups to collaborate on projects based on analysis of biological material, for example food supply chains, disease monitoring/healthcare networks or environmental networks.
Enhanced value through metadata
Metrichor solutions can also allow users to track related metadata of these experiments (most obviously, geolocation and time). Other labels of interest may for example include temperature, altitude, humidity, images, phenotypes or audio. These data can then be mined in conjunction with the inherent biological context provided by analysing the biological molecules themselves.
Such metadata can also be added to data retrospectively, accumulating value over time. Like stock market information, labelled time series data can become predictive, diagnostic, pre-emptive and historically informative. Such data streams can be aggregated. The more data streams are added, the more powerful the resulting dynamics.
Interested in Metrichor solutions?
If you are interested in developing fully integrated, bespoke, real-time analysis solutions for your company, network or industry then please register your interest by selecting Metrichor in the 'products of interest'.
Metrichor Ltd uses an analytics platform called EPI2ME that is currently being used to support researchers in the Nanopore Community.