We’re not just shaping the future of genomics - we’re engineering it.

The Beginning

Pioneering genomic innovation

In 2018, Volta Labs was born in the halls of MIT with a clear mission: to unlock the utility of genomics for the world.

Previously nestled in the vibrant hub of Kendall Square, known as "the most innovative square mile on the planet," we quickly became immersed in the dynamic biotech culture. After numerous conversations with other scientists and hours of research, we discovered that trailblazing biologists were being held back by the constraints of existing automation tools, particularly in the realm of DNA sequencing. While DNA readout technologies surged ahead, the upstream steps of sample preparation lagged behind.

The Evolution

Solving the Sample Prep Bottleneck

During Founder Udayan Umapathi’s graduate stint at the MIT Media Lab, what began as a humble printed circuit board to manipulate colorful droplets soon evolved into a solution for the notorious "sample prep bottleneck." Propelled into action, we secured funding from top-tier VCs and got to work.

Since then, our focus in the lab has been laser-sharp. We've been inventing and constructing groundbreaking fluidic and sample manipulation technologies. We embrace an anti-disciplinary approach, tackling the toughest challenges by seamlessly integrating instrumentation, fluidics, software, biology, and chemistry.

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The future

Join us in harnessing the power of biology and technology to change the world

While we're currently channeling our energies into NGS sample prep, our vision extends beyond to a future where a single universal machine automates the lion's share of biological workflows in genomics, proteomics, and synthetic biology.

Genomic technologies have indirectly impacted all of humanity in the form of mRNA vaccines, however they are yet to make a direct impact for consumers. We need to reduce cost tremendously for broader adoption and direct consumer impact. At Volta, we're not just shaping the future of genomics; we're engineering it.


join the genomics revolution

Are you driven by a passion for innovation? Are you excited about pushing the limits of what's possible in genomics? We’d love for you to build with us at Volta Labs. Join us on our journey to shape the future of genomics, where insatiable curiosity is encouraged and every Voltarian makes an impact.

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