Molecular Information STorage (MIST)
Market and Forecast




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SynBioBeta – The impending data storage crisis, and how DNA will fix it

ORDERExecutive Summary

Molecular Information STorage (MIST) Market and Forecast


We create data.  According to Domo, over the last two years (2016-2017), 90 percent of the data in the world was generated.  Advances in technology, aided by Moore’s Law, enabled the general public to consider what could be done with limitless, nearly-free data computing and storage capabilities. Hidden from the view of the general public is dramatic growth in data centers.  Cisco estimates by 2021, data center storage installed capacity will grow to 2.6 Zettabytes, up from 663 Exobytes in 2016, nearly a 4-fold growth. We are beginning to approach the theoretical limits of the materials used to enable the data generation explosion.
In this environment, near-term scenarios may require a step change in our approach to data storage to keep pace with the new normal.  Many technology companies, data storage hardware providers, and large data center customers are beginning to explore next generation storage mediums.  A number of possibilities exist; one that is getting a lot of energy in public and private institutions is the notion of using DNA – nature’s code – to store information.  DNA has a number of inherent advantages over existing mediums or other potential storage mediums.
Yet, a wide divide remains between our understanding of how to scientifically create a DNA digital storage solution and a business model positioning the technology in a competitive market with existing and new mediums.  The report integrates technological, financial, economic, and systems engineering considerations to consider whether Molecular Information STorage (MIST) is a viable technology and if so, when it may begin to manifest in a tangible market for data storage.  Specific topics of interest include – but are not limited to – the following:
  • Apples-to-apples cost comparisons of storage mediums in different applications
  • Current and projected costs of DNA digital storage, including technological inflection points
  • Consideration of the business models for DNA digital storage
  • Potential market sizes by application and timeframe for adoption
The report will synthesize a comprehensive market survey, including interviews with over 30 market participants from technology companies, life science tool companies, leading academics, governments, investors, and other stakeholders.  Purchasers of the report will also receive access to the following:
  • Powerpoint source files for graphics in the report – over 75 slides (.ppt)
  • Excel files of the financial models (.xls)
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