Desktop DNA synthesis could ‘revolutionise’ engineering biology


The first DNA synthesised using Evonetix’s semiconductor chip technology has been delivered to the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology at the University of Cambridge.

The DNA was delivered to Dr Jenny Molloy, Co-chair of the Engineering Biology Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge.

The company’s desktop DNA synthesis platform is designed to enable scientists to synthesise long DNA in their own lab.

Dr Jenny Molloy, Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology at the University of Cambridge, said: “Rapid access to custom-designed DNA is a key challenge for us and Evonetix’s technology is an exciting new approach to meet the growing demand from researchers. Having the capability to quickly synthesise accurate, gene-length DNA in our own lab will revolutionise our ability to experiment and accelerate results across engineering biology.”

Dr Matt Hayes, Chief Technology Officer at Evonetix, added: “Our technology brings together entirely new approaches to chemistry and process control to enable DNA synthesis in any lab. Having optimised each element of our technology, this milestone demonstrates that our platform can successfully synthesise DNA using our patented thermally controlled semiconductor chip technology and will allow us to begin expanding the scale of our synthesis.”

The company recently completed a $24 million financing round, extending its total series B funding to over $54 million.

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