WE ARE ACCELERATING RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF APPLICATIONS OF SOLID-STATE NANOPORES BY MAKING NANOPORES ACCESSIBLE TO EVERYONE

We are an instrumentation company that specializes in research tools and solutions to support fundamental and applied research on solid-state nanopores. We offer instrumentations for fabricating nanopores, and performing high-bandwidth, low-noise sensing. We also provide advanced, yet easy to use data analytics software, as well as a range of custom research solutions your lab may need to increase the throughput of your research and the pace of your discoveries.

Meet The Executive Team

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KYLE BRIGGS, PhD

Chief Executive Officer

Kyle is one of the original inventors of the controlled breakdown technology and, has been one of the driving forces behind developing it academically since its invention. He holds a PhD (2018) from uOttawa in nanoscale biophysics. Kyle has more than 8 years of experience in solid-state nanopore research, with 18 papers and 5 patents. He is a Vanier scholar and has received numerous awards for his research accomplishments.

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VINCENT TABARD-COSSA, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer

Vincent is an Associate Professor of Physics at the University of Ottawa, cross-appointed with the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He brings more than 14 years of innovation and discovery in the nanopore field. His lab is responsible for pioneering the controlled breakdown nanopore fabrication method and has authored 9 articles on the topic. He is an inventor on 8 nanopore related patents. 

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MATTHEW WAUGH, MSc, MBA

Chief Operating Officer

Matthew has been leading R&D efforts to productize the controlled breakdown technology for the last 5 years, which has included managing complex projects with semiconductor and healthcare industries. He holds a BSc in Biochemistry and an MSc (2015) in applied biophysics and is working on his MBA. He has 8 years of experience in nanopore research. 

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MATHIEU GIBEAULT, MSc, P.ENG

Chief Technology Officer

Mathieu has 20 years of experience managing and developing instrumentation, measurement, and automation systems for R&D applications, including 5 years developing algorithms for nanopore research tools. He holds a BSc in Computer Eng and an MSc in Electrical Eng. He is also actively involved in the startup community as a founder, investor, and advisor in technology and business development. He sits on multiple boards, including the board of directors of the Capital Angel Network.

Background of the Technology 

Northern Nanopore's mission to revolutionize the nanopore field by making solid-state nanopores accessible to every scientist is made possible by the controlled breakdown method for fabricating solid-state nanopores. Below is a list of some of those trailblazing publications, which together with Northern Nanopore’s state-of-the-art suite of tools, are already transforming the field:

 

  • Solid-state nanopore fabrication by automated controlled breakdown, Nature Protocols, 15, 122-143 (2020) - see press release

  • Mechanisms of solid-state nanopore enlargement under electrical stress, Nanotechnology 31 (44), 44LT01 (2020)

  • Solid-state nanopore localization by controlled breakdown of selectively thinned membranes, Nanotechnology 28 (8), 085304 (2017)

  • Kinetics of nanopore fabrication during controlled breakdown of dielectric membranes in solution, Nanotechnology 26 (8), 084004 (2015)

  • Automated Fabrication of 2‐nm Solid‐State Nanopores for Nucleic Acid Analysis, Small 10 (10), 2077-2086 (2014)

  • Nanopore fabrication by controlled dielectric breakdown, PloS one 9 (3), e92880 (2014)