We encoded our first 1kB!

Friends, we are happy to announce that last week, Catalog used its platform technology to encode its first piece of data into DNA. For this proof-of-concept experiment, we chose to immortalize the poem “the Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost. In doing this we shattered our major milestone of encoding a 1kB within a month of starting bench work at IndieBio. We are now actively improving upon our encoding scheme, which will allow us to encode more data while taking fewer pipetting steps. We are also working on automating and miniaturizing the process to bring us closer to our goal of encoding 1MB by demo day.

Full text of poem: https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/road-not-taken

Hyunjun and Nate; Hyunjun holds a sign stating "our first 1kB!"

Historical moment in Catalog’s history

Visit to the Internet Archive

Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library, with the mission to archive and provide universal access to all of humanity’s knowledge. On 10/26, Internet Archive turned 20 and we had a blast at the birthday party held in their beautiful San Francisco headquarters. In a 1996 video shown at the party, the founder of Internet Archive explained his ambitious vision of storing all 10 terabytes of the internet. They have since grown to store many petabytes of data, in their famous Petabox systems. Dear Internet Archive, we love what you are doing, you are a great friend, and we would love to archive your data in DNA for you!

Internet Archive: https://archive.org/

Catalog co-founders with the founder of the Internet Archive, Brewster Kahle

More Updates

  • We are almost ready to file our provisional patent. If we promised you a more detailed conversation about our technology, you can expect an email from us in the next few days!
  • We will be featured in “Tomorrow Today” on Deutsche Welle TV in December. If you’re not in Europe, don’t worry — we’ll send you the link when it airs.

We are in week 6 of the IndieBio accelerator program, in downtown San Francisco. We have just completed our first data encoding into DNA, proving the viability of our platform. We leverage combinatorial enzymatic reactions and prefabricated DNA, which will make it economically attractive to use DNA as the major storage medium for long-term archival data storage. If you would like to learn more, have any comments, suggestions, or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by replying to this email.