Synthetic Genomics (company)

Synthetic Genomics (company)

A company developing and commercializing products in biopharma, industrial biotech, and biotech lab services.

Synthetic Genomics Inc. (SGI) was founded in 2005 by J. Craig Venter and Nobel Laureate Hamilton O. Smith. The company has three core focus areas including self-amplifying RNA for vaccines and therapeutics, automated DNA and RNA production, and novel cell factories for discovery and biomanufacturing. Its subsidiary, SGI-DNA, commercializes hardware and reagents for DNA synthesis, including the world's first desktop DNA synthesizer.

Synthetic Genomics develops technology to reprogram cells for medicines and bio-based products.

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RNA medicines

Their R&D programs focus on self-amplifying RNA for vaccines and therapeutics and cell factories for discovery and biomanufacturing.

Cell factories

Synthetic Genomics has commercialized two novel organisms that have the potential to become new standard host organisms in biological research. Cmax is a microbial host capable of making proteins, including monoclonal antibodies, for therapeutic applications. It is purported to be faster, cheaper, and more scaleable than the industry standard host Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells.

Vmax is a microbial host capable of making a variety of molecules. It is a proprietary strain of Vibrio natriegens, which grows nearly twice as fast as Escherichia coli, a standard host organism used in biological research and some commercial applications.

Partnerships

Synthetic Genomics has publicly-announced five partnerships, including three focused on healthcare, one focused on animal health, and one focused on industrial biotechnology: ExxonMobil, United Therapeutics, Ceva, Janssen and Novartis.

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Allison Mateo

Employee

Amanda Judson

Employee

Brittney Grosse

Employee

Donald Braun

Investor

Emily Anderson

Employee

Greg Bisconti

Investor

Hamilton O. Smith

Co-founder

J. Craig Venter

Co-founder

J. K. Kriebel

Employee

Jean Hammond

Investor

Kathleen Kwok

Employee

Kent Boles

Employee

Manshu Agarwal

Employee

Mike Smoot

Employee

Roberto Spreafico

Employee

Scott Bjerke

Employee

Todd Peterson

Employee

Wm Weatherspoon

Employee

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