Jonathan Rothberg, the founder and CEO of a startup called Butterfly Network, isn’t one for taking small chances. He has already founded and sold multiple genomics startups over the past couple decades and, by his own account, helped make possible next-generation gene sequencing. His latest endeavor is to build a real-time medical imaging device that’s the size of an iPad and can be used by nearly anyone.
The foundation of Butterfly Network’s device — which Rothberg hopes will be available in the next 18 months — is a special type of chip equipped with radio telescope technology capable of “seeing” inside the body. MIT Technology Review has a good feature on that technology, as well as the company’s $100 million in funding (some of which came from Rothberg himself), from earlier this month.
However, Rothberg explained in a recent interview with Gigaom, “It wouldn’t help the entire world … if…
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