Innovation Profile: Richard Gibbs, Ph.D.

Innovation Profile: Richard Gibbs, Ph.D.

Richard Gibbs, Ph.D., is the director of the Human Genome Sequencing Center at Baylor College of Medicine.

Q | What would you consider to be your most successful innovation?

A | We developed several technologies that speed and improve DNA analysis. In recent years, the development of DNA capture technologies for isolation of human gene regions from whole DNA has had the largest impact.

Q | What spurred this innovation?

A | The need to have inexpensive but accurate DNA sequencing assays has driven our program for nearly three decades.

Q | What are the unique benefits of that innovation that make it a valuable solution?

A | With new technologies and lower costs for raw sequence data, we can envision a ‘whole exome test’ where we get sequence for all the gene regions from a patient, for less than $100. We are still some way off, but there is no reason this can’t be achieved.

Q | What resources were helpful to you when you were first starting out?

A | The rich intellectual environment of the Texas Medical Center and the spirit of scientific entrepreneurialism!

Q | What advice would you give to other aspiring entrepreneurs or innovators?

A | Work hard.

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