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DNA Synthesis Specialists Acquire Advanced Software Design Capabilities

By Labmedica International staff writers
Posted on 21 Apr 2016
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An American biotech firm that develops and produces synthetic DNA has established an international presence by purchasing an Israeli genetic design software company.

Twist Bioscience Corporation (San Francisco, CA, USA), a company specializing in rapid, high-quality DNA synthesis, announced that Genome Compiler Corporation (Tel Aviv, Israel) has become its first international site.

Genome Compiler Corporation developed the Genome Compiler graphical user interface (GUI) for scientists in the fields of genetic engineering, molecular biology, and synthetic biology, providing a tool for DNA design and visualization, data management, collaboration, and seamless DNA ordering. Genome Compiler software is also used by pharmaceutical, biotechnology, academic, and clinical researchers.

Twist Bioscience reportedly intends to leverage Genome Compiler’s technology and expertise to drive a digital products portfolio, including an eCommerce solution with gene design capabilities, which is expected to be available in the second half of 2016.

“Twist’s beta program is progressing well and our first customer shipments are underway,” said Dr. Emily M. Leproust, CEO of Twist Bioscience. “Over the next few months we expect to scale our gene volume substantially, enabling us to offer market-leading production levels by this summer. We are delighted to bring the Genome Compiler technology, network, and expert team into the Twist Bioscience organization. They are the leader in developing software that allows design of gene sequences for synthetic and molecular biology experiments. We intend to build an elegant, intuitive eCommerce solution with a deep pipeline of digital products to follow that will enable our customers to reimagine their research by providing seamless integration of the design and build of their synthetic DNA.”

“We are extremely excited to join forces with Twist Bioscience,” said Dr. Omri Amirav-Drory, CEO of Genome Compiler Corporation. “By combining our advanced software design capabilities with the technology leader in DNA synthesis, our customers will be able to streamline the design-build-test cycle. We believe the synthetic and molecular biology communities will find the integrated offering a great platform to accelerate their research.”

Under the terms of the agreement, the Genome Compiler research and development center in Israel will become Twist Bioscience’s first international site. Twist Bioscience intends to expand the center in Tel Aviv to advance its digital product and gene design capabilities.

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