DENVER, CO – Helix, a personal genomics company, announced today that they’ve chosen Catalyst HTI to be their new Denver, CO office location. The decision to open an office in Denver was jump-started by the acquisition of HumanCode, a Denver genomics startup founded by local startup veterans Chris Glode and Ryan Trunck. Helix found the Catalyst HTI vision for a healthcare innovation community to be a perfect fit for the company to continue to expand their efforts in product development and partner support.
Glode, now Helix’s Chief Product Officer, and former CEO of HumanCode, said of the move “We’ve found that there is much talent in life sciences and software development in the Denver area, and are excited to continue to grow the team. We’re finding that Helix’s mission to help millions improve their lives through understanding their DNA is a powerful magnet for incredible teammates who want to join us and change the world. Catalyst HTI gives us a home that is a perfect fit with our mission and team.”
Helix was founded on the principle that every person can improve their life with DNA. Spun out of Illumina, the company is on a momentous run, launching over 35 DNA-powered products in the first year of their marketplace opening, and is partnered with organizations like National Geographic and Mayo Clinic to provide DNA sequencing for insights on health, wellness, ancestry and even some that are for entertainment. The company operates its own CLIA-CAP accredited lab in San Diego, and is one of the largest exome sequencing labs in the world.
Moving to Catalyst HTI is the next step in the company’s expansion. Earlier this year Helix also announced over $200 million in financing, and launched a partnership with Healthy Nevada Project providing the genetic sequencing for one of the fastest population genomics efforts in the world.
Catalyst HTI is a health care industry ecosystem putting together some of the most forward-thinking minds in the field, under one roof. Catalyst President Mike Biselli said, “DNA is the new frontier and Helix is well positioned to lead the personal genomics category. I’m excited for them to represent this field within Catalyst HTI, and inspire all members of the community to learn how their customers, patients, and businesses could benefit from genomics.”
Helix is a personal genomics company with a simple but powerful mission: to empower every person to improve their life through DNA. We’ve created the first marketplace for DNA-powered products where people can explore diverse and uniquely personalized products developed by high-quality partners. Helix handles sample collection, DNA sequencing, and secure data storage so that our partners can integrate DNA insights into products across a range of categories, including ancestry, health, wellness and entertainment. From profound insights to just-for-fun discoveries, Helix is here to help people live a fuller life. Helix is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, has an office in Denver, Colorado and operates a CLIA- and CAP-accredited next-generation sequencing lab in San Diego powered by Illumina (NASDAQ:ILMN) NGS technology. Helix was created in 2015 with founding support from Illumina, its largest shareholder. Learn more at www.helix.com.
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