I created SanDiegOmics.com to serve as the home for my passion for genomics. After receiving my doctorate from the University of California – Davis, I kicked off my career by joining Illumina, which at the time was a small San Diego startup working on a new microarray technology. Little did I know that this 15-person startup would grow into the dominant next generation sequencing company. I’d like to say I was prescient, but mostly I was lucky and hungry for a job. I started as a research scientist, developing the basic platform and creating Illumina’s first gene expression product. I later transitioned into a product marketing role which expanded greatly with acquisition of Solexa and its sequencing platform.
After I retired from Illumina in 2010, I started engaging with the genomics community in new ways. I became the co-founder and CSO of AllSeq, an online sequencing marketplace, which offers a unique and unbiased perspective on the consumer and technology trends in the genomics market. I also started sharing my technical and market expertise as a consultant, later adding the role of genomics angel investor.
In the news
MLex Market Insight (1/2019): "Illumina-PacBio antitrust review to focus on technological promise, falling prices, substitutability"
CTFN M&A Reporting (1/2019): "Customers Comment on PacBio/Illumina"
Genetic Engineering News (1/2019): "All Aboard the Genome Express"
Mendelspod (11/2018): "Keith Robison and Shawn Baker on Illumina Buyout of PacBio"
Biocompare (5/2018): "Long and the Short of Sequencing"
Genetic Engineering News (2/2017): "Next-Generation Sequencing Challenges"