Optalysys has partnered with The Earlham Institute (formerly The Genome Analysis Centre) to create a Genetic Search System through a 27 month project that has successfully been awarded £0.5m from government body Innovate UK.


To produce a working Genetic Search System prototype (GENESYS™ v0.9) for The Earlham Institute (formerly The Genome Analysis Centre) to perform sequence searches of metagenomic reads sequenced from the Human Microbiome Project Mock Community against a database consisting of 20 bacterial genomes totalling 64+ million base pairs


  • A system at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 7 on NASA’s scale for technology product maturity (working system in a real-world environment)
  • 95% energy savings and 20x faster processing:
  • Replaces the need to use The Earlham Institute’s existing HPC architecture for these searches


  • Successfully awarded a £0.5m grant from UK government body Innovate UK – see press release
  • Started 1 June 2015
  • Presented Optalysys’s third generation prototype and an overview of the GENESYS project to 60 bioinformaticians on 5th November 2015 (see press release and video)
  • Jointly presented Optalysys’s fourth generation prototype with the Earlham Institute at the Advances in Genome Biology and Technology (AGBT) conference in Florida on 15th February 2017 – read more.
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