Mission Bio raises Series B for single-cell sequencing

Mission Bio, a startup that’s developed a single-cell sequencing platform, announced Thursday that it’s raised $30 million in a Series B funding round.

The South San Francisco-based company’s machine and software, called the “Tapestri platform,” launched commercially last October and has since been put to use studying cellular mutations inside tumors of diseases like acute myeloid leukemia at cancer research centers such as MD Anderson and Stanford University, and at pharmaceutical companies—though Mission’s cofounder and CEO, Charlie Silver, isn’t disclosing which ones yet, he says.

While traditional sequencing methods show the average molecular profile of all the cells in a patient’s sample, Tapestri’s single-cell capability allows researchers to scrutinize the DNA in any individual cell. For a typical run, including the sequencing, it costs customers $1,000 to $2,000, says Silver.

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