DNAstack, co-founded by A&S alumnus Marc Fiume, named 'Technology Pioneer' by World Economic Forum

May 10, 2022 by Alyson Bruce

DNAstack, a Toronto-based Canadian company that enables scientists and health leaders to find, access, and analyze biomedical data over open standards, was selected among hundreds of candidates as one of the World Economic Forum’s “Technology Pioneers”. DNAstack was co-founded by Dr. Marc Fiume (HBSc 2009, MSc 2011, PhD 2015) and Ryan Cook to improve global health outcomes while fostering diversity, equity, and access in scientific research through technology that powers distributed data networks, federated learning and analysis.

DNAstack’s mission is to improve human health by breaking down barriers to privacy-preserving global data sharing, discovery, and analysis. The team develops software for scientists to uncover insights from the world’s exponentially growing volumes of genomic and biomedical data, enabling more effective diagnosis and treatment of complex and rare conditions.

The World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneers are early to growth-stage companies from around the world that are involved in the use of new technologies and innovation that are poised to have a significant impact on business and society.

With their selection as Technology Pioneers, Dr. Marc Fiume and Ryan Cook will be invited to participate at World Economic Forum activities, events and discussions throughout the year. DNAstack will also contribute to Forum initiatives over the next two years, working with global leaders to help address key industry and societal issues. 

“We’re excited to welcome DNAstack to our 2022 cohort of Technology Pioneers,” says Saemoon Yoon, Community Lead, Technology Pioneers, World Economic Forum. “DNAstack and its fellow pioneers are at the forefront of industries that are critical to solving some of our world’s most complex issues today. We look forward to their contribution to the World Economic Forum in its commitment to improving the state of the world.”

“We are honoured to be recognized and grateful for the opportunity to accelerate our impact with the incredible support of the World Economic Forum,” said DNAstack’s Marc Fiume.  “No one makes discoveries like all of us. The World Economic Forum brings together the global community we need to make breakthroughs and save lives,” said Ryan Cook. 

For the first time, over one-third of selected Technology Pioneer firms are led by women, well above the industry average. The firms also come from regions all around the world, creating a truly global community. This year’s cohort includes start-ups from 30 countries, with Vietnam, Rwanda and Czech Republic represented for the first time. 

The diversity of these companies extends to their innovations as well. This year’s Tech Pioneer firms are shaping the future by advancing technologies such as AI, IoT, robotics, blockchain, biotechnology and many more. The full list of Technology Pioneers can be found here. 

Technology Pioneers have been selected based on the community’s selection criteria, which includes innovation, impact and leadership as well as the company’s relevance with the World Economic Forum’s Platforms

All info on this year’s Technology Pioneers can be found here: http://wef.ch/techpioneers22