Technological Innovations

THE BEST EQUIPMENT FOR THE INSTITUT IMAGINE’S TALENTS TO ACCELERATE RESEARCH

Thanks to the support of our Patrons, in 2019 the Institut Imagine acquired a next-generation DNA sequencer that significantly increased the ability to diagnose and develop research on genetic diseases. Thanks to this equipment, reading a child’s entire genome is now possible in 44 hours, vs. several weeks if not months before, and at a cost down to one thousand euros, from several hundreds of thousands of euros before. This provides tremendous hope for children and their families.

Christine Bole-Faysot, Head of the genomic platform

The Project

The Institut Imagine is constantly investing in cutting-edge equipment and infrastructure. The goal is to enable its researchers to meet the essential technological challenges for improving knowledge of genetic diseases.

To meet these scientific ambitions, the Institut Imagine has several objectives:

  • Implement new high-speed DNA sequencing tools to identify new genes responsible for diseases and significantly reduce errors.
  • Create a 3D imaging platform to plunge into the heart of cells and understand the deregulated mechanisms in genetic diseases.
  • Use an MRI in order to non-invasively explore the functioning of the brains of sick children.

 

Context & Objectives

Accelerating research to provide the answers that patients and their families expect as quickly as possible is at the heart of the Institut Imagine’s mission. However, research progress is intimately linked to technological progress.

While complex analyses could take researchers years and cost several million euros, innovative equipment now makes them possible in a few hours and at a lower costs than what was previously offered.

The spectacular advances in bioinformatics, imaging, and microscopy increase the strengths of research for the benefit of patients with genetic diseases. They shed new light on new mechanisms, opening up unexplored courses of action.

Amount to fund
5,000 K€
Overall funding

/ 1,000 K€: For the 3D microscopy platform, the purchase of equipment and the recruitment of engineers

/ 1,500 K€: For a new-generation sequencer and related human resources

/ 2,500 K€: For the acquisition of  technological tools needed to use the MRI and the recruitment of 2 engineers