DNASense was founded in 2014 as a spin-out from Aalborg university (Denmark) by the four researchers Mads Albertsen, Per H. Nielsen, Søren M. Karst and Rasmus H. Kirkegaard. The initial focus was on leading-edge method development and characterization of microbial communities in environmental samples.
With an essentially bottomless toolbox of bioinformatics and molecular biology knowhow, it was quickly realized that DNASense’s diverse competences could be applied to many different research areas. Thus, the activities quickly grew to include all applications of sequencing omics, customized method development and novel applications of the latest NGS technology. Activities also include developing and deploying on-site resources for larger customers, and training courses for sequencing enthusiasts.
A close collaboration between the world-class research groups of professors Mads Albertsen (Albertsen Lab) and Per H. Nielsen (Center for Microbial Communities) has been integral to the growth and development of DNASense and remains a core part of daily activities to this day. Today DNASense employs 5 full-time experts in molecular biology, sequencing and bioinformatics, and a number of contracted consultants from the Albertsen and Nielsen research groups. DNASense easily works with sequencing novices to leading experts and on projects ranging from a few well-defined samples to multi-year discovery research in novel settings.