Please describe the story behind the company: What sparked the idea, and how has it evolved so far?
My background is in computer engineering and what is now called machine learning. My formal training is in AI, neural nets, and computers.
Early in my career, about 30 years ago, I got very interested in the DNA space and took a course with Mike Waterman, who is one of the earliest bioinformatics pioneers. He was teaching about DNA and RNA sequence alignment, and it made me realize the potential of merging computing with DNA and biology.
I started BioDiscovery in 1997. Trying to get into the bioinformatics field at that early stage has been a great learning experience...