Cellectis Plant Sciences and the Two Blades Allow for Precise Genome Editing in plants by Nucleases

Cellectis plant sciences and the Two Blades Foundations (2Blades), two organizations with a common mission of developing techniques to improve the quality of crops, have announced a cross-license agreement of their TAL nuclease technologies. TALEN Technology™ (Cellectis plant sciences) and TAL code technology (2Blades) allow for precise genome editing in plants by utilizing nucleases. Nucleases…

Bio-Incubator for Synthetic Biology Companies Launched at Indian Insititute of Technology-Madras

Synthetic biology is ready to start flapping its wings in southern India. The Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M) located in Chennai has launched a bio-incubator assisted with 120 Million USD of funding from the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), a body of the central government. In an effort to promote entrepreneurship in India, the central government has…

Dr. Jennifer Doudna Wins Breakthrough Prize for Her Work on CRISPR Cas9

Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Doudna on receiving a 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences! Dr. Doudna is one of Caribou Biosciences’ co-founders and a Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology professor and researcher at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Doudna and her collaborator Emmanuelle Charpentier received this award for their ground-breaking work on the CRISPR…

Genome Compiler - The Platform for Synthetic Biology Tools Welcomes DNA2.0 as a Premium Synthesis Partner

Los Altos, CA and Menlo Park, CA (November 14, 2014). Genome Compiler Corp., a Los Altos based synthetic biology software company entered into a collaborative agreement with DNA2.0, a leading provider of gene synthesis and bioengineering solutions located in Menlo Park, CA. Genome Compiler will be integrating DNA2.0’s gene synthesis services into their design platform,…

Cool Kickstarter Project: OPEN qPCR

Josh Perfetto and his team at Chai Biotechnologies are making the dreams of biohackers come true with their new Kickstarter project that will make qPCR technology available worldwide at less than 1/10th the industry price. Chai biotechnologies is a biotech start up based in Santa Clara, CA. with a mission of “making biological technologies more…

The Gates Foundation Helps Launch Affinivax - A Vaccine Development Firm

A new vaccine development firm, Affinivax, was recently initiated thanks to funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and may receive future funding based on its performance. Affinivax plans on continuing to develop its Multiple Antigen Presenting System (MAPS) and other vaccine development projects with the initial four million dollar investment. The company will…

De Novo DNA is Joining Genome Compiler’s Suite of Advanced Tools to create Comprehensive Synthetic Biology Solutions

Los Altos, CA and City State, Pennsylvania (September 3, 2014). Genome Compiler Corp., a Los Altos based synthetic biology software company entered into a collaborative agreement with De Novo DNA, a biophysics based genetic software company located in State College, PA. Genome Compiler will be leveraging De Novo DNA’s expertise to further enrich their platform…

General Mills Debate over GMOs

    General Mills Inc. struck down a proposal to ban GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) as ingredients from all their brands last week at their annual shareholder meeting. A resounding 98 percent of shareholders voted against a companywide ban. The definitive decision comes as somewhat of a surprise because of the company’s recent removal of…

Meet the Mighty Mussel

Mussels are delicious for lunch but when else can they do? MIT researchers led by Timothy Lu, as associate professor of biological engineering and EECS (electrical engineering and computer science), have created a way to develop waterproof adhesives stronger than anything found in nature. Previously, bacteria have been engineered to produce mussel foot proteins. Lu…

Igenbio and Genome Compiler Corp. Enter into a Collaborative Agreement to Offer Synthetic Biology Solutions

Chicago, Illinois and Los Altos, CA (Aug 3, 2014). Igenbio. Inc a, Chicago based genome analysis company announced today they entered into a collaborative agreement with Genome Compiler Corp., a Los Altos based synthetic biology software company. Igenbio and Genome Compiler are partnering to create comprehensive synthetic biology solutions. Igenbio Japan will be promoting and…