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Founded Year

2015

Stage

Series A | Alive

Total Raised

$32M

Last Raised

$32M | 3 yrs ago

About Roswell Biotechnologies

Roswell Biotechnologies is a life science startup focused on DNA reading technologies for the research, drug discovery, and diagnostic markets. The Company's technology is based on CMOS chips and molecular electronic biosensors.

Roswell Biotechnologies Headquarter Location

11095 Flintkote Ave, Suite A

San Diego, California, 92121,

United States

858-333-7995

Latest Roswell Biotechnologies News

San Diego biotech debuts pea-sized microchip to help diagnose disease, discover drugs

Nov 17, 2021

Print San Diego firm Roswell Biotechnologies debuted a teeny, tiny microchip this week that it believes has huge potential to revolutionize how researchers detect disease, develop drugs and more. The company says the chip, no bigger than a pea, is the first of its kind to hardwire molecules into electric circuits. Its thousands of sensors give scientists the potential to rapidly detect molecules, cells and DNA with a scale and speed that current approaches don’t match, according to Roswell CEO Paul Mola. He’s hopeful that consumers could use the chip at home to learn, for example, whether they’ve been infected with a virus or to see whether their medication is working. This story is for subscribers We offer subscribers exclusive access to our best journalism. Thank you for your support. “What if you could actually have access to all this information about you, about your health, almost in real time?” Mola said. Advertisement It’s too early to say whether Roswell’s so-called molecular electronics chip will turn that possibility into reality. But the company’s leaders and industry experts talked up the potential at an event Monday attended by investors, biotech leaders and local officials such as Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and San Diego City Councilmember Joe LaCava. There are plenty of individual tests that measure various aspects of your health, from blood sugar to vitamin levels to proteins linked to certain cancers. More recently, hundreds of companies have developed tests to detect genetic material from the coronavirus or antibodies against it as signs of current or past infection, respectively. How quickly you get a result depends on the design of each test. And while some products can tell, for instance, if you have the flu or COVID-19, running hundreds or thousands of diagnostic tests on a sample can be expensive and impractical. That’s where chips come in. Crack open your phone or laptop and you’ll see little squares of silicon jam-packed with millions of transistors that give these devices their computing oomph; in 2018, Intel announced that it developed a chip that could run 10 trillion calculations a second. Roswell’s device is based on the same manufacturing process as the chips in your phone, but with a twist — the company’s wired short molecules into the circuit. These molecules can be tethered to an antibody, a bit of DNA or a protein that basically acts as a fishing hook for whatever you want to measure. When that hook catches something, the current running through the circuit changes ever so slightly, allowing researchers to quickly detect microscopic interactions. The company’s current microchip has about 16,000 sensors, each of which can make a separate measurement. Mola expects that to jump to 10 million and beyond in future iterations. It’s taken Roswell, which was founded in 2014, years to develop the chip. That’s in part because the electrical current changes triggered are a million-fold weaker than those in your cell phone, so researchers needed to develop an ultra-sensitive design that was still accurate. On Monday, the company debuted the chip as well as an instrument that runs samples through the device and measures results. In a demonstration, Roswell scientists showed how the chip could detect pieces of the coronavirus from a sample containing viral proteins. The Roswell Trinity Instrument, used to read results off the San Diego biotech’s molecular electronics microchip. (K.C. Alfred / The San Diego Union-Tribune) In principle, the chip could be designed to test drug candidates to see which ones latch best onto the molecules they’re meant to interact with. Or it could detect a wide range of viral infections even before a person has symptoms. Or it could determine whether a drug is working as it’s supposed to. The company has submitted a paper on its technology to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, where the report is being reviewed. Mola knows the technology sounds too good to be true. Former Bay Area life science company Theranos once peddled its own device that would run a dizzying array of tests from just a small blood sample in what turned out to be an extensive fraud. The firm’s founder and CEO, Elizabeth Holmes, is facing charges of conspiracy and wire fraud in an ongoing trial. He’s hopeful that, once published, the study will convince skeptics that Roswell’s technology is based on sound science. Harvard geneticist George Church won’t need any convincing. Church, most famous for his efforts to revive wooly mammoths and other extinct animals, sits on Roswell’s scientific advisory board. On Monday he spoke glowingly about the potential of the company’s technology to help researchers read DNA, often dubbed the book of life. “We’re ready for it. We are totally ready for it,” said Church, who made a remote appearance at the event. “We’ve been salivating — literally — at some of the applications.” Mola wouldn’t say exactly how much the chip might cost but noted that it would be more affordable and efficient than using a bunch of individual devices separately. Roswell Biotechnologies, founded in 2014, employs nearly 50 people and is headquartered in Sorrento Valley.

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Roswell Biotechnologies Patents

Roswell Biotechnologies has filed 34 patents.

The 3 most popular patent topics include:

  • Molecular biology
  • DNA
  • Biotechnology
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