Optalysys technology can be used to perform pattern matching, comparing input data to reference images and identifying similarities or abnormalities.

Genome Analysis


In genomics, pattern matching against a sequence of nucleotides or amino acids is critical to the assembly, annotation and comparison of complex genomes.  This helps tackle diseases in humans, such as cancer and in crops that provide global food security.

The public sequencing databases that contain this data are doubling in size every 18 months or less. Extensive searches of these DNA databases is becoming too expensive and requires access to large High Performance Computing (HPC) resources that consume vast amounts of energy for power and cooling.

How Optalysys technology can help:

Optalysys technology will perform these extensive database searches at speeds that are magnitudes faster than traditional silicon HPC systems and at a fraction of the energy consumption and cost.

This not only makes this technology more accessible and affordable for existing HPC users but also expands the reach to new users where the cost is currently prohibitive e.g. it could eventually lead to a system in every GP surgery for early diagnosis and preventative measures.

MRI Scanner

MRI scanner


MRI scanners are commonly used to profile internal structures of the body in high detail. Currently a sample of the images is analysed by eye for abnormalities after a significant amount of time has been spent scanning a small area of the body.

How Optalysys technology can help:

In conjunction with the manual analysis, Optalysys technology could analyse all of the data collected by the scanners rather than just a sample to identify potential areas that may have been overlooked. This could lead to faster, more comprehensive scanning.

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Optalysys welcomes bioinformatician Dr William Rowe to the team.  William will focus on the applications for Optalysys’s first commercial product which uses optical processing technology to perform genetic sequence alignment (see Project GENESYS for more information). William holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from UMIST; examining the potential of surfactants and other multiphase materials in the […]

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Millie Harrison has joined the Optalysys team as Administration Assistant.  She studied at Minsthorpe Community College (a specialist Science College) and went on to complete an apprenticeship in level 2 Business and Administration from 2014 to 2016 with a publishing company, where she was offered a permanent position. Millie’s ambition is to always achieve high standards […]

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