Svexa's CoB Prof Euan Ashley sets world record for fastest human genome sequencing!

Our Founder and Chairman of the Board Prof Euan Ashley heads a team at Stanford that is leading the world's innovation in areas of precision medicine and genetics. Recently his team have set a Guinness World Record for the fastest DNA sequencing of a human genome, delivering the result in just 5 hours and 2 minutes! This particular sequence provided a wonderful result by allowing a young boy to receive a new heart. This record was validated with benchmarks from the Genome in a Bottle consortium, hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Euan and the ultra-rapid genome team sequenced a human genome using an Oxford Nanopore PromethIon-48 machine.

This recent work is described in a scientific article from Euan's team in the New England Journal of Medicine, titled Ultrarapid Nanopore Genome Sequencing in a Critical Care Setting.

Watch the clip below, to see NBC News’s Joshua Johnson speaking with Stanford professor Dr. Euan Ashley about the discovery.


Euan is Associate Dean and Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Genetics at Stanford University in California, and co-director of Stanford Medicine Catalyst - a program to support Stanford faculty, staff and students looking to take their scientific and technical discoveries to the next stage of execution. His research focuses on genetic mechanisms of cardiovascular health and disease. In addition to wet bench science, his lab leverages AI and digital health tools, working with biotechnology and technology partners in Silicon Valley.

He recently published the book "The Genome Odyssey: Medical Mysteries and the Incredible Quest to Solve Them", reviewed recently in the Wall Street Journal and Readers' Digest.

Euan has received many awards including recognition from the Obama White House for contributions to personalized medicine and the American Heart Association’s Medal of Honor for precision medicine. The efforts and improvements in clinical precision medicine that his team leads worldwide is a foundational pillar in Svexa's work in precision health and individualized optimization of training and performance.