Starting around six months ago, during the height of the bitcoin craze, a new segment in the genomics landscape started forming – “blockchain genomics”. Since then at least 10 companies in this space have formed. While they don’t all share the exact same business model, they’re all centered around the idea of aggregating consumer genomics data in a secure manner and offering consumers the opportunity to participate in the value that’s created from this rich database. And while these two main tenets, security and payments, are clearly critical to the success of these ventures, it isn’t as clear that they need to be tied tightly together via the creation of blockchain-backed cryptocurrency as most of these companies are doing. (And it should be noted that business models are changing as fast as the bitcoin winds are blowing.)
To get a better understanding of this burgeoning market, I’ve reached out to several of these companies and will be interviewing them over the next several weeks. The resulting series of blog posts will kick off with my interview with Luna DNA’s Dawn Barry. Until then, here is a list of the various blockchain genomics companies that I’m aware of. If you think I’ve missed any, please let me know and I’ll add them.
Also published on Medium.