GSL Biotech announced today that the company will sponsor iGEM teams for the third year in a row with complimentary access to company’s molecular biology software product SnapGene. More than two hundred teams worldwide compete every year in iGEM, a leading undergraduate Synthetic Biology competition. Aline Glick, VP of Product Management at GSL Biotech remarked, “We have been proud to follow the progress of the teams we sponsored in 2013 and 2014, and are thrilled to be able to continue to support the work of young scientists through the 2015 iGEM competition.”
In 2014, GSL Biotech sponsored twenty-three teams with complimentary SnapGene subscriptions. The teams distinguished themselves at the Giant Jamboree with innovative research and awards. Twenty-one of the teams placed, with eleven gold medals, four silver medals, and six bronze medals, as follows:
|TU Eindhoven||Gold medal and “Best New Application Project,” Undergrad|
|EPF Lausanne||Gold medal|
|ETH Zurich||Gold medal and “Best Model,” Overgrad|
|Georgia State||Bronze medal|
|TU Darmstadt||Gold medal; Second Grand Prize Runner Up, Overgrad;|
and “Best New Basic Part,” Overgrad
|TU Delft-Leiden||Gold medal, “Best Microfluids Project”|
|Wageningen||Gold medal; First Grand Prize Runner Up, Overgrad;|
“Best Food & Nutrition Project”
|WashU StLouis||Silver medal|
|York iGEM||Silver medal|
The teams were enthusiastic about the value that SnapGene brought to their projects. Sven Bitters of the Tuebingen team said, “We handled 12 different constructs in 3 different plasmids and that would have been impossible without SnapGene. Our cloning was easily planned through before anyone even touched a pipette. Long before last year’s sponsoring expired the first order of business for next year’s team was clear: Getting new SnapGene licences! Can’t imagine cloning without it.”
Eric Holmes of the Cornell team said, “SnapGene is an invaluable tool for the Cornell iGEM team. When working with many modular DNA parts, SnapGene's construction and cloning tools help ensure that our project planning is sound. SnapGene's user-friendly design has also greatly helped the team with training of new members, helping them visualize the DNA cloning process and primer design.”About GSL Biotech
GSL Biotech was founded by scientists and software designers to meet the everyday needs of molecular biologists. GSL's SnapGene software (snapgene.com) provides a simple yet powerful way for researchers to plan, visualize, document, and share their everyday molecular biology procedures. Free trials of the software are available from the SnapGene website.
In addition to the fully functional paid product, GSL Biotech offers the free SnapGene Viewer, which includes the key visualization tools of SnapGene, and allows researchers to make DNA maps and design primers. The annotated sequence files can be shared with colleagues or customers.
2015 iGEM teams interested in receiving sponsorship from GSL Biotech in the form of complimentary access to SnapGene should contact the company.
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