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Edmund Cartwright House, 4 Robert Robinson Avenue
Oxford Science Park, Oxford, OX4 4GA, UK

Tel: +44 (0)845 034 7900 | Fax: +44 (0)845 034 7901

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Suite 4, The Mansion, Chesterford Research Park
Little Chesterford, Essex, CB10 1XL, UK

Tel: +44 (0)845 034 7900 | Fax: +44 (0)845 034 7901

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The MinION™ Access Programme (MAP) is a community-focused access project which started in Spring 2014. The philosophy of the MAP is to enable a broad range of people to explore how the MinION may be useful to them, to contribute to developments in analytical tools and applications and to share their experiences and collaborate. Listening to this community helps Oxford Nanopore provide continuous improvements to our products and support. To apply to join the MAP click here.

The MinION™ device: a miniaturised sensing system

Nanopore sensing technology can be miniaturised into a portable device for electronic single-molecule sensing. 

The MinION™  device is a small instrument that is compatible with consumable flow cells containing the proprietary sensor chip, Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) and nanopores that are needed to perform a complete single-molecule sensing experiment. Plugging directly into a laptop or desktop computer through a USB port, it is a self-contained device to deliver real-time experimental data. 

The MinION device is adaptable for DNA sequencing, protein sensing and other nanopore sensing techniques.  Currently, several hundred participants in the MinION Access programme (MAP) are working with the MinION system to explore how its features - including long read lengths, real time digital data, portability and compressed workflows - might help to answer a range of biological questions.  The MAP initially focuses on DNA analysis.

The MinION is operated using MinKNOWTM software and participants in MAP will be performing basecalling in real time in the cloud, with the option to perform these analyses locally in the future.

Oxford Nanopore is focused on delivering the simplest possible sample preparation and workflows. The system is designed to be compatible with complex samples such as blood or serum and environmental samples such as water samples.


The MinION device is a miniaturised single-molecule analysis system, designed for single use and to work through the USB
port of a laptop or desktop computer
The MinION device is designed to sense from complex
samples such as blood/serum

Right: Participants in the MinION Access Programme are working with the MinION device, flow cells containing nanopores and associated electronics and preparation kits.