Since the beginning of the Human Genome Project, we have witnessed the cost of reading DNA sequence drop from $10 billion to $3 thousand per person, or more than a 99.99% reduction in cost.

As a result, major advances have been made and knowledge gained in the field of human genetics.  Geneticists are cataloging the DNA variations that make each of us as individuals unique.  While these sequence variations are responsible for the rich and virtually infinite combinations of human traits, they are also a source of disease susceptibility and pre-disposition.  This new scenario creates several interesting problems and opportunities.

  • How can we more effectively and efficiently characterize genetic variation?
  • How can we use this information to improve the healthiness of the public?
  • How can we use this information to empower the healthcare industry to provide higher-quality care?

A human geneticist and entrepreneur founded Ion Flux to address these challenges.  The Ion Flux mission is to measure and catalog human genetic variation, assess its impact on human health, and transform the practice of medicine.

Ion Flux has offices in Los Angeles, Beijing, and datacenters around the globe.  Our primary offices are adjacent to the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles.  The leadership team is made up of thought leaders and experts in the disciplines of Human Genetics, Mathematics, and Computer Science.