BlueBee may not the best-known start-up in Flanders, but the young company has rapidly established a global presence in the booming market of DNA analysis. BlueBee is the product of research by Koen Bertels, a computer science professor from Flanders who works at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and who discovered a way to make supercomputers more efficient.
Backed by this unprecedented processing power, BlueBee launched itself into the world of DNA analysis. DNA sequencing is a cornerstone of the future of healthcare, paving the way toward more predictive and personalized healthcare applications. Because DNA sequencing is so data intensive – one genome produces a genetic code of over 3 billion characters –, processing it presents a huge and time-consuming bottleneck. BlueBee solves this problem in part, with Bertels’ technology accelerating analysis by a factor of 5 thanks to the enormous computing power.