The Competition About All of Us
The Prize About All of Us
The Archon Genomics XPRIZE presented by Express Scripts® is an incentivized prize competition that will award $10 million to the first team to rapidly, accurately and economically sequence 100 whole human genomes to a level of accuracy never before achieved.
The 100 human genomes to be sequenced in this competition will be donated by 100 centenarians (ages 100 or older) from all over the world, known as the 100 Over 100. Sequencing the genomes of the 100 Over 100 presents an unprecedented opportunity to identify those "rare genes" that protect against diseases, while giving researchers valuable clues to health and longevity. These centenarians’ genes are providing us with a window to the past that will significantly impact the future of healthcare.
The result will be the world's first "medical grade” genome, a critically-needed clinical standard that will transform genomic research into usable medical information to improve patient diagnosis and treatment. This global competition will inspire breakthrough genome sequencing innovations and technologies that will usher in a new era of personalized medicine.
Dr. Stewart & Marilyn Blusson
"After supporting conventional research initiatives in academic institutions costing many times this amount of money, we wanted to become the title sponsors of a research prize. We believe the XPRIZE models a new paradigm of philanthropic funding, which not only provides an incredible amount of leverage but is available to researchers anywhere in the world operating outside traditional research establishments and programs."