Capillary Array DNA Sequencer Awarded Okochi Memorial Prize

In March 2002 the 48th Okochi Memorial Grand Technology Prize (2001) (presented by the Okochi Memorial Foundation) was awarded to Satoshi Takahashi and Daizo Tokinaga, both Chief Engineers at Hitachi High-Technologies, and Hideki Kambara, Senior Chief Researcher (now Fellow), Central Research Laboratory, Hitachi Ltd., for “development of a capillary array DNA sequencer.”

Since 1990 laboratories and universities around the world belonging to the International Human Genome Sequencing Consortium had been working to decode the human genome. However, since the human genome contains some three billion base pairs (six billion individual nucleotide bases), it was thought that decoding the whole thing would take 30 years.

The capillary array DNA sequencer brought a great advance in genome decoding and was lauded in the American magazine Science (February 2001 issue) as “a device that will lead to the rapid decoding of the human genome.”

3100 DNA sequencer (2000)
3100 DNA sequencer (2000)