April 14, 2003.
This day is remembered for the completion of the ‘Human Genome Project’ (HGP) – an international effort to sequence the 3 Bn DNA letters in the human genome – which opened the doors to numerous opportunities in the space of healthcare, agriculture, animal sciences, environmental protection, bio-fuel, and so on.
For those who are unfamiliar with the term, a genome is an organism’s complete set of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), a chemical compound that contains the genetic instructions needed to develop and direct the activities of every organism.
In simple terms, it is the language of life for all living beings.
Sam Santhosh, an IIM Kolkata alumni and then owner of IT firm Calasoft (sold in 2009), found this as an opportunity to step into the adventure of genome sequencing and data analysis. After spending a few years gathering knowledge on the subject, Sam established SciGenom Inc., in 2010, in Kochi, Kerala.
SciGenom was set up to provide genomics services and offerings across various sectors including human, agriculture, microbial, and animals. With growing demand in genomic services for human samples, SciGenome spun off its human genomics division MedGenome into an independent entity in 2013.
As Sam recalls,