Encrypgen: Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What does the Encrypgen project aim to do?
A. Encrypgen will create a global marketplace of Institutional requesters of sequenced DNA, and providers of sequenced DNA. Any person can be a provider of sequenced DNA, and be rewarded for their contribution. Researchers around the globe will use DNA coins to pay for access to study that genomic data.
Q. What does Encrypgen have to do with genetics?
A. Encrypgen’s gene-chain is a private blockchain to facilitate exposure and safe transmission of user’s genomic data. Users can choose to give aggregated access consent to their data, and be rewarded by research conducted worldwide by universities, hospitals, scientists, etc…
Q. What problem does Encrypgen solve?
A. Encrypgen solves multiple problems at once. Before Amazon shopping existed, people would drive to each store separately, buy their products, and continue driving to other stores. Amazon created an online marketplace where customers can conveniently buy most things in one place from the comfort of their home, and have them delivered. Encrypgen has a similar aim, which is to create a secure, convenient ‘marketplace’ for institutions to easily obtain large quantities of sequenced DNA, while being given ‘consent’ by the providers automatically included in the transaction. Rather than institutions and researchers having to obtain multiple different consents across multiple different countries and struggle with legal boundaries for multiple different studies, they can obtain all of that genomic data in one place with the click of a button. This will revolutionize the market for genomic data and create a direct link between researchers around the globe, and citizens providing their genomic data.
Q. If a regular person wants to upload their data to secure it and be rewarded, who stores that data?
A. Encrypgen will host those nodes and provide that service soon. Our target date is approximately mid-2018 to allow users to do this. Each provider will be able to upload their sequenced genomic data, and choose the metadata that they wish to reveal or expose to researchers for their reward of DNA coins.
Q. I want to participate! Where should I get my DNA sequenced?
A. There are many different companies around the world providing this sequencing service. Encrypgen is actively engaging with these service providers to create a partnership or cooperation. Stay tuned!
Q. If Encrypgen covers the cost of genomic storage, are there any plans to decentralize that in the future?
A. Encrypgen can store genomic data lightly thanks to its proprietary deep-learning compression, and it’s only necessary to blockchain the metadata. Distributing it may not be the most secure way to treat the data. Encrypgen is not similar to decentralized storage. It’s a private blockchain, where Encrypgen has detailed controls over nodes and many other features of the system.
Q. So, what makes Encrypgen different than simple decentralized storage?
A. They are different in many ways. The first, and most obvious way, is that Encrypgen nodes are not decentralized. Encrypgen has full control over who has access to a node. This is for security of data. Another point, is that it is a ledger where requesters can buy access and data are immediately available with the right password. With links, Encrypgen can also maintain fine-level control over the data that institutions are accessing either freely, or with paid access. In extreme synthesis, the solution is a full access control layer using blockchain capabilities along with military-level encryption to ensure data protection.
Q. What is Multi-Chain? Where can I read more about that?
Q. Is there any incentive for users to mine gene-chain?
A. Because gene-chain is a private blockchain, buyers of nodes will mine the gene-chain by default. This “mining” does not produce coins; It verifies transactions. Wallet-holders can also passively mine. Not to create new coins, but to maintain the blockchain. There will only ever be 100 million DNA coins in existence. The value of DNA coins is directly linked with the networking effect: meaning, an increase in sequenced data that lives on the gene-chain will produce an exponential increase in value for researchers around the globe that want access to large volumes of genomic data to study.
Q. Does Encrypgen plan on partnering with other genomics companies?
A. Encrypgen is in ongoing talks with several innovative companies regarding partnerships. If details emerge from these talks, there will be an official announcement on our Twitter & Reddit channels. We are making our solution so that, as much as possible, it’s plug-and-play with any number of EHR blockchains and tools.
The latest Tweets from EncrypGen (@Encrypgen). Our Gene-Chain offers blockchain enhanced security for safe cloud…twitter.com
The latest Tweets from Encrypted Genes (@Encrypted_Genes). EncrypGen will revolutionize the sharing of genetic data…twitter.com
Official Encrypgen Reddit with teasers & exclusives!www.reddit.com
Q. Will Encrypgen be providing just SNP analysis, or whole exome analysis?
A. This depends on the client. Some of our potential customers are storing whole genome data, and some have SNP data. We aren’t forcing them to move it, because some of it sits on clouds, some sits in silos, some is heavy, and some is light. By hooking clients’ data to the gene-chain, they will expose that meta-data (when they wish to) and compress their data in clouds or silos using our proprietary compression solutions. This adds layers of security, like military-grade encryption, for the transfer of data. Data requests and transfers get added to the blockchain, while MultiChain allows us to stream the data as needed.
There are a number of innovations that Encrypgen has in the works. When these are ready for market, there will be official announcements.
Q. I don’t understand how Encrypgen will store huge amounts of data on the blockchain. Can you please explain?
A. Simple — we don’t. The gene-chain contains meta-data and special pointers. The genomic data will sit on silos where it is already, but it will be compressed for additional security using Encrypgen’s proprietary deep-learning tools.
Encrypgen has just recently purchased a $130,000 Artificial Intelligence super-computer to enhance their proprietary deep-learning capabilities.
Q. How far along in development are you?
A. Encrypgen has been developing since late 2016. We are already using real sequenced DNA (with permission) for testing on our beta products.
Encrypgen stands out from most of the ICO projects in this space, because it came to market with a working prototype, and is making extraordinary progress.
Q. Will you have enough money for development?
A. Encrypgen has received half a million dollars in angel funding that is expected to last until mid-2018 before we start using ICO funds. We are a close, grass-roots team of very smart professionals that are determined to succeed.
Q. I’ve seen other logos that look like DNA, should Encrypgen be worried?
A. There are thousands upon thousands of logos that look like DNA, trees, justice scales, flowers, or any other commonly-used symbol. They could be from any sector of commerce, and not even intend to look like another symbol. A trademark is used in commerce to identify goods as coming from a single source. There are very specific rules about what makes a defendable trademark, but beyond that, any trademark rights arise from your own
actions of using the trademark in commerce. Trademarks may also be reserved by filing proposed use applications. You should always speak to a licensed trademark attorney if you’re unsure what trademark infringement is, and where it is applicable.