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All You Need to Know About Jonathan Rothberg and his

Yacht Gene Machine

Yacht Length: 55 m (180 ft) - Guests: 12 in 6 cabins - Crew: 12 in 6 cabins - IMO 1011953 - Displacement: 670t - Amels - 2013 - Yacht Value: US$ 40 million -

Jonathan Rothberg Net Worth: US$ 500 million - Owners Company: 4Catalyzer - Owners Country: USA -

The yacht Gene Machine was built as Engelberg. The yacht is named after a DNA encoder named Gene Machine.

Yacht Gene Machine - Jonathan Marc Rothberg

Jonathan Marc Rothberg is the owner of the yacht Gene Machine. Who is Rothberg? He is a scientist entrepreneur and investor.

Jonathan RothbergHe is the inventor of the Gene Machine. A machine for massively parallel DNA sequencing human genome. He was awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.

He also received the Connecticut Medal of Technology. He earned a B.S. in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Gene Machine

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.


Dr. Jonathan Rothberg is the founder of 4Catalyzer. A startup accelerator focusing 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.

Rothberg Family

Jonathan’s father is the founder of Laticrete International. Laticrete is a manufacturer of construction supplies.

The company offers specialized products for water proofing, crack suppression and sound proofing. And floor warming, as well as adhesives, mortars, grouts. And caulk for residential and industrial installations.

Rothberg House

Jonathan and his wife Bonnie Rothberg live in a large waterfront home in Sachem Head. The house is facing the Long Island Sound.

In their 11 acres garden they created a replica of Stonehenge. Rothberg paid sculptor Darrell Petit to build this replica. He calls it Circle of Life. It was built out of over 700 tons of Norwegian Blue Pearl Fjord granite.

Yacht Gene Machine

The superyacht Gene Machine is a 55 meter (180 ft) motor yacht. It is 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. These bring her with a top speed of 15.5 knots.  Her cruise speed is 13 knots.

The yacht has a stunning interior design by Enzo Enea.

Gene Machine was built as Engelberg. For Russian entrepreneur Dmitry Yakubovskiy. Yakubovskiy and his brother Stav Jacobi founded the Engelberg Industrial Group (EIG). The company is based in Engelberg, Switzerland.

Some of the photos hereunder by Dutch Yachting. In July 2017 Gene Machine was in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The yacht is said to have a laboratory on board.

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The boat is not available for yacht charter. The yacht is not listed for sale.

Jonathan Rothberg Net Worth

The net worth of Rothberg is estimated at US$ 500 million.


He and his wife are the founders of the Rothberg Institute for Childhood Diseases.  Which works on treatments for tuberous sclerosis. He also  sponsors the Rothberg Catalyzer Prize.

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