SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — The DNA Data Storage Alliance added FUJIFILM Recording Media U.S.A. as a member.
With the addition of FUJIFILM, the alliance, formed in 2020, now has over 50 members, according to the alliance this month.
The mission of the DNA Data Storage Alliance is to create and promote an interoperable storage ecosystem based on DNA as a data storage medium.
The alliance was formed by Illumina, Microsoft, Twist Bioscience Corporation, and Western Digital.
The FUJIFILM group of companies work to apply their knowledge and technologies in various markets, including both bioscience and data storage.
The DNA Data Storage Alliance believes its expanding membership demonstrates the growing interest in DNA data storage.
The alliance’s membership includes a range of organizations: public and private companies; consultancies; venture capital firms; universities; and nonprofits.
Since its founding, the alliance has organized the DNA Data Storage track at the SNIA Storage Developer Conference, participated in industry events, and grown its online presence, including publishing the white paper “An Introduction to DNA Data Storage.”
“Whether it’s safeguarding historical records or enabling tomorrow’s next big ideas, data binds us together in the digital economy, and it’s important that we continue to innovate and find new ways for people to store and protect it,” said Dan Steere, SVP of corporate business development, Western Digital.
“DNA data storage is one of those exciting opportunities, and we look forward to working with our new alliance members to develop the technology and the ecosystem.”
Karin Strauss, senior principal research manager at Microsoft, added, “It’s incredible how much progress we’ve made in the field of DNA data storage.”
Illumina is working to help broaden access to DNA as a data storage platform, by “continuing to improve the speed and performance of sequencing technology as well as drive down the cost,” said Craig Ciesla, Ph.D., head of advanced platforms and devices, Illumina.