Media Kit

DNA Romance uses information hidden in your DNA to forecast "romantic chemistry" between people online. We are the first platform to matchmake people based on all three elements of human attraction: appearance, personality & "chemistry". DNA Romance deciphers the essential factors behind the "scent of love" and the ideal personality combinations for successful romantic relationships. We are pioneers in understanding how DNA plays a role in human attraction and relationships. Our mission is to enrich people's lives by helping them make genuine connections that lead to lasting love. We aim to improve the accuracy of our romantic predictions with each new member.

Date App Launched: September 21st, 2017
HQ: Vancouver, BC
Team Size: 6
Fundraising Status: Seed Round Open
Press Contact: Dr. Timothy Sexton,

Product Notes

Product Note: DRom 1.0 Predicts "Chemistry" Online Using DNA

Product Note: Personality Compatibility Alignment (PCA)

Product Note: Profile Verification

Product Note: Common Interests Alignment (CIA)

Product Note: DRom 2.0 Will Predict Phenotype Using DNA

Press Releases

February 5th, 2021
dnaPower and DNA Romance: Helping You Find Health and Romance During COVID

November 17th, 2020
Online dating during a lockdown: DNA Romance takes an opposites-attract approach to genetic matchmaking

February 9th, 2020
Looking for the Ultimate Healthy Romance? dnaPower Inc and DNA Romance have created the world’s first DNA partnership to bring you healthy diet information and romance based on your unique DNA

February 12th, 2019
Find Your Valentine Using DNA Matchmaking? DNA Romance Forecast "Romantic Chemistry" Online

Key Features Of DNA Romance

• DRom 1.0 predicts "romantic chemistry" online before you meet in person using DNA information
• Two options for DNA testing: 1) Order a DNA collection kit from DNA Romance, or 2) upload a DNA file from 23andMe or Ancestry DNA
• Forecast personality compatibility using our algorithm that considers psychology/personality types
• Profile verification score based on DNA, credit card verification, and profile completeness
• DRom 2.0 will save time by helping to autocomplete online dating profiles showing the user genetic predictions of phenotypic traits like genetic height, eye color, and pet allergies
• Option to share DRom 2.0 results on your dating profile, helping to ensure people really are, who they say they are

Media Assets

Press Mentions


DNA Exotic endeavors: How a Relationship App Calls for advantage of Genetic Indicators to Identify Passionate Chemistry


DNA Romance has incorporated a lot more traditional international dating features, which include personality matchmaking and photographs to make sure on the internet daters have all the facts they need.


How our DNA influences decisions about love


Far from a futuristic invention of the writers room, DNA matchmaking is already at play in the real world.




DNA Romance examines the four bases of DNA (As, Ts, Gs, and Cs) in 100 locations on chromosome six. But you’re not looking for direct mirror images. After all, as the saying goes, opposites attract.

Hacker Noon

AI Is Changing The Future Of Online Dating


Some dating AI applications go even further and attempt to predict the chemistry between two people based on their DNA profiles!


Love and Science: Can gene matching help you find a life partner?


the idea of using DNA to match singles with prospective partners sits at the heart of Netflix TV series The One and AMC's Soulmates. But far from a futuristic invention of the writers room, DNA matchmaking is already at play in the real world.

Dating News

DNA Romance: How a Dating App Uses Genetic Markers to Identify Romantic Chemistry


DNA Romance has distinguished itself from other online dating apps by investigating romantic chemistry on a genetic level.


DNA Romance: Is finding love in your DNA?


The new Netflix show “The One” is catching a lot of buzz for the way it portrays the idea that you can find your perfect match based on your DNA.

Movie Maker

Netflix’s The One: Is DNA-Based Dating a Real Thing?


DNA matching isn’t as simple and direct as it is in The One.

Elle Australia

Is DNA Dating Real? Netflix's 'The One' Makes A Case For Match Making À La Genetics. Match made in heaven (or a lab)?


IS DNA-BASED DATING REAL? Basically, yes, DNA-based dating does exist

Entertainment Daily

The One on Netflix: Can we really be matched by DNA? Could The One really happen?


Most physical traits are determined by our DNA… DNA can influence our relationships with other people.

Purple Revolver

Netflix's series The One: Could DNA dating become a reality?


It may come as a shock to hear that there has actually been a few apps over time which have tried to match partners through DNA and genetics.

Griffith University

Conversation Tim Sexton CEO of DNA Romance


The secret of attraction is in our genes. Here to tell about it is Dr Tim Sexton, a pioneer in this new and rapidly developing field.

The DNA Romance Dating Platform


That’s the premise behind DNA Romance, a research-focused dating site that forecasts how much “chemistry” is shared between matches using information hidden in their DNA.

Thrive Global

Love Is Changed Forever, Thanks To AI


The application of AI in the dating app scenario goes deeper than applying to find perfect matches through compatibility quizzes. Platforms like DNA romance are using the AI-based algorithm to analyze DNA data and find the perfect matches for the users.

Global Dating Insites (GDI)

Why DNA Dating has Massive Potential


Since there is a genetic basis for “Romantic Chemistry” and that is well understood, DNA matchmaking has huge potential to forecast romantic chemistry online.

The Stranger

The Geekiest Way to Find Love


Growing body of evidence suggests that part of human attraction is based on just a few genes that control receptors in our immune system—and in these instances, opposites attract. DNA may be the newest romance language and the "geekiest way to find love".

WGN Radio720

Finding the Perfect Match Through DNA?


From dating apps to online dating, dating coaches and even matchmakers. However what if your perfect match is not based on your looks or even finances but DNA.


What will online dating be like in 2030?


The gene-matching evangelists propose that certain genes connected to your immune system, known as the major histocompatibility complex (MHC), govern who you're attracted to.

Geek Wire

This DNA-driven dating startup says love is in the air - and they'll help you sniff it out


“We are deciphering the essential elements behind the ‘scent of love’ and the ideal personality combinations for successful relationships,” said co-founder and CEO Timothy Sexton.


From VR to holograms: these are 2019's top dating trends


But, according to eHarmony, DNA could play a part in your dating life too. They point to the “green shoots of a DNA matching movement”, with companies including DNA Romance “measuring compatibility based on cheek swabs and body scents”.


Experts predict 2019's biggest dating trends


Part of getting to know a romantic partner is about assessing if you like their DNA (when you kiss you exchange genetic information via your saliva).


Dating website matches you based on your DNA


However, our ability to smell each other is often confounded by the deodorants, perfumes and colognes we wear. Now, DNA Romance is getting straight to the genetic source of chemistry.

Unlucky in Love? Try These Weirdly Specific Dating Apps


Fed up of skin-deep dating apps? Then DNA Romance might be your new favorite app. It uses your DNA or personality type to match you with people based on actual science.

The University of Melbourne

What do we need to know about online genetic testing?


We found people who do these tests are searching for answers they haven’t been able to find in conventional medicine.

European Journal of Human Genetics

Australians' vies on personal genomic testing: focus group findings from the Genioz study


Companies also market DNA testing for ageing, including skin ageing [2]; some even offer DNA dating tests, suggesting this could guide choice of partners.

Discovery Parks

Announcing Generator 8.0!


Discovery Parks is pleased to announce the winners of the Generator Challenge 8.0 Competition: DNA Romance uses the science of genomics to revolutionize online dating by forecasting chemical attraction “chemistry” between single individuals online.


Dating website matches you based on your DNA


Sick and tired of looking for love? There's now a website that does it for you, using your DNA.


Does DNA Dating Pass the Genetic Sniff Test?


DNA Romance is the only DNA dating service with any sort of disclosed funding numbers: $600,000 raised back in 2014.

Know Techie

Find your science-backed match with DNA Romance


By studying the DNA of each user, people are matched with someone who is highly compatible, thus ensuring that the matchmaking is based on more solid foundations.

The Yucatan Times

Forget algorithms: To find a match with an Online Dating, DNA matching could be taking over


We found people who do these tests are searching for answers they haven’t been able to find in conventional medicine.

Nature Biotechnology

Reproducing with DNA


Finding partners through DNA profiles has yet to catch on, but the commercial sector for preconception and prenatal testing is booming. Malorye Allison Branca reports.


Season 12: DNA Romance


A husband and wife duo hope their chemistry with the Dragons will be enough to create a partnership.

The Star

Biometrics, real-time data poised to change dating


Canadian startup DNA Romance will release a more comprehensive matchmaking service on Valentine's Day, based on biological compatibility by using the results of already-available DNA tests, such as that offered by Mountain View genetics startup 23andMe.

San Francisco Chronicle

Biometrics, real-time data poised to change dating


In the future, Langston said, biological data could conceivably supplement the standard, lengthy personality questionnaire that comes with an eHarmony account.

Daily Hive

How Vancouver's dating scene transformed this summer


DNA Romance is an online dating services company that matches customers based on the compatibility of their DNA, thereby providing evidence-based matchmaking that goes beyond appearance and questionnaires.


DNA Romance is like OKCupid for your genes


DNA Romance, a startup Sexton is launching this week in Vancouver with his wife, Sauder School of Business associate fellow Judith Bosire, and University of British Columbia engineering researcher Abhijit Pandhari. They imagine the service a little like a genetic OKCupid; instead of answering hundreds of questions, users simply supply DNA data, and are matched accordingly.

Top 10 countries

• United States
• United Kingdom
• Canada
• France
• Brazil
• Australia
• Sweden
• Netherlands
• Germany
• Spain

Top 24 cities where DNA Romance is used

• New York
• London
• Los Angeles
• Vancouver
• Paris
• Toronto
• Sydney
• Houston
• San Francisco
• Chicago
• Dallas
• Lansing
• Stockholm
• São Paulo
• Philadelphia
• Melbourne
• San Diego
• Atlanta
• Denver
• Austin
• Boston
• Miami
• Portland
• Montréal

Our Backstory

We are all biologically programmed to know if we are compatible with somebody or not, this is one of our instincts. Our bodies are informed and respond to information received from our senses when we meet in person.

DNA Romance started with the knowledge that DNA can influence relationships. The technical founder, Dr. Timothy Sexton (Tim) holds a Ph.D. in population genetics, and a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and molecular biology. This education has provided him with a good understanding of how genes work, how the genes adapt to different selection pressures, and how this shapes the evolution across populations of other individuals. In 2012, he met Judith Bosire online and they started dating; Judith was coming from a business background, which complemented Tim's education in genetics. They had met using an online dating site, and a discussion arose comparing their experiences using online dating apps. They agreed that a major frustration about using “online dating platforms” was the mismatching, especially for “chemistry”. When you meet in-person, you know right away if you have “chemistry” or not. But, when you are online, it’s impossible to evaluate if you share “chemistry” with someone, you can only detect “chemistry” when you meet in person.

Both Judith and Tim had horror stories of online mismatches, suitors that seemed promising until the first date, when it was instantly and mutually realized that there was no chemistry. This gut feeling of “chemistry” is your body’s natural radar to detect a person who is genetically compatible with you. Tim explained the so-called "sweaty T-shirt experiments," which proved a definitive link between DNA and romantic attraction. In the first experiment by Prof. Claus Wedekind in 1995 where 49 female students and 44 male students were recruited. The men were asked to wear the same T-shirt for two nights (Wedekind et al., 1995). The female participants were asked to smell each shirt and describe how pleasant they smelled on a scale of 1 to 10. The results showed that women found male body odour pleasant when the male participants were far more genetically different at a specific set of genes called the Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC). In contrast, the women found male body odors to be unpleasant when the male participants were genetically similar at the MHC genes. Independent research has continued to validate these findings. These genes didn’t only play a role in human attraction. Previously, these same genes had been shown to play a key role in “mate pairing” in other vertebrates, including primates and birds that partnered for life.

The founders' discussion about the basis of “romantic chemistry” was truly fascinating; there were several hypotheses that could explain why we like the scent and share “chemistry” with people who have different MHC genes. After all, these genes encode MHC peptides, which cover the surface of your cells and are critical for your body’s recognition and response to foreign pathogens. We are attracted to people who are different at these genes, because the success of the human population depends on this mechanism to maintain diversity at immune system genes. This ensures that some individuals are resistant to new pathogens, and no cold or flu virus would wipe us out. In addition, if Mum and Dad have different immune systems, they won't always get sick from the same illnesses and can look after each other.

Judith asked, "Why isn't this DNA information being used for online dating?" Tim knew he had the skills to build “DNA Romance” and he pictured this as something easy to do, especially with a business-minded partner. Together, they took on the challenge to start DNA Romance, and in 2014, they incorporated the company. In 2016, Tim quit his job to begin working on DNA Romance full time, and a year later, in September 2017, they launched DNA Romance to the public.

Crowdfunding on Indiegogo

DNA Romance got started with the help of a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo way back in Nov 2016, see our early crowdfunding video here:

The Founders

Dr. Timothy Sexton (Ph.D., BSc)


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Dr. Timothy Sexton is the CEO and technical founder of DNA Romance. He holds a Ph.D. in Population Genetics and BSc in Botany and Biochemistry / Molecular Biology and has worked with a wide variety of species including plants, and humans. Dr. Sexton has over 14 years of experience working in the field of genomics.

Judith Bosire (M.Sc., MA.)


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Master. Judith Bosire is the co-founder and CFO of DNA Romance. She is an economist by training with a MA in Financial Economics, and a 2nd MA in International Development. Judith works as an economist for Deloitte Canada, and previously MNP LLP, as well as Columbia University and Merrill Lynch in New York.

We care about your privacy and have several measures in place to keep your personal data secure. We follow HIPAA privacy guidelines when handling your data and we don't sell DNA data to 3rd parties! We encrypt all data that is stored and the names contain a unique hashed path and other obfuscating elements. Access to the data is limited to key development personnel who have 2-factor authentication restricted access. You can delete your profile including DNA data at anytime from your settings dashboard. ** Again we do not sell your personal information to 3rd parties, please see our Privacy Policy for more details. On departure please do give us feedback, especially if you found a great match :-)