Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Fall 2004


Dundar Kocaoglu

Course Title

Capstone Project

Course Number

EMGT 589


Entrepreneurship, DNA microarrays, Genetic screening, Technology -- Management, Technological innovations -- Management


The sensational Human genome project brought scientists a book of life that is waiting to be translated and read for millions of years. Scientists, since then, almost separated every possible sentence constituting this book, and now entered a phase where they try to understand the meaning of these sentences, in other words, the meaning of genes.

DNA Microarrays are the products of breakthrough manufacturing technologies, combining biological principles with chemistry, physics, electronics and information technology. The technology behind the chips goes back to recent history and has the simple basics of the techniques invented to screen genes. Today, these tools are evolved to help scientists to visualize, analyze and evaluate genetic information from human, rodent, bacteria and yeast cells.

All DNA Microarrays work on the same principle. What differs the numerous companies engaged in the industry, is their different manufacturing methodologies.

Among the companies involved in genetic screening tool provider business, Affymetrix Inc. is the pioneer in DNA Microarray Industry with its unique GeneChip® Array Product Platform and other related platforms and services. The company offers highly scalable and robust genetic screening through its patented photolithographic manufacturing technique.

This project aims to emphasize the challenges in the management of this technology along with the details of this highly promising technology; the applications, the market with its trends segments, customers, the points where Affymetrix sets the difference, the flaws of the company and the current and future concerns about the DNA Microarray technology.


This project is only available to students, staff, and faculty of Portland State University

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