Rothberg is the inventor of a DNA encoder called Personal Genome Machine or Gene Machine. The machine can read 10 million letters of genetic code, with a high degree of accuracy, in just two hours. Using DNA sequencing, doctors in the future will finger genetic weak spots in tumors and treat cancer patients with customized drugs. In 2007 Rothberg sold his gene technology company 454 Life Sciences for US$ 155 million and in 2010 he sold another company with similar technology named Ion Torrent for US$ 375 million in cash.
Rothberg is the founder of 4Catalyzer, a startup accelerator focussing on physics, math, and life sciences. 4Catalyzer’s aim is to transform 21st century medicine by solving today’s most challenging problems – across life science research tools, medical devices and therapeutics. Investments include Butterfly Network and LAM Therapeutics.
Jonathan’s father is the founder of Laticrete International, a manufacturer of construction supplies. The company offers specialized products for water proofing, crack suppression, sound proofing, and floor warming, as well as adhesives, mortars, grouts, and caulk for interior, exterior, commercial, residential, and industrial installations.
The yacht Gene Machine is a 55 meter (180 ft) motor yacht built by Amels. The yacht is the third hull in the succesfull Amels Limited Edition 180 series. The yacht can accommodate 12 guests and has a crew of 12. Gene Machine is powered by twin MTU 16V 2000 M70 engines which bring her with a top speed of 15.5 knots. Gene Machine was built as Engelberg for Russian entrepreneur Dmitry Yakubovskiy. Yakubovskiy and his brother Stav Jacobi founded the Engelberg Industrial Group (EIG), based in Engelberg, Switzerland. Some of the photos hereunder by Dutch Yachting. In July 2017 Gene Machine was in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
The net worth of Jonathan Rothberg is estimated at US$ 500 million.