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December 29, 2015

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SnapGene-Sponsored iGEM Teams Make a Splash at Giant Jamboree

52 Gold Medals, Including Grand Prize Winner

Chicago, IL – December 29

GSL Biotech announced today that the company sponsored 32 teams from Asia, Europe, and Latin America in the 2015 iGEM competition, an undergraduate Synthetic Biology competition that began at MIT. The company provided the teams with complimentary access to SnapGene, a leading software to design, visualize, and document everyday molecular biology procedures. The teams used the software to further a diverse range of synthetic biology projects, with exciting results. The SnapGene-sponsored teams received the following medals, awards, and nominations:

Team Medals Awards and Nominations
Atoms-Turkiye Silver
  • Nominated for Best New Composite Part, Undergrad
Birkbeck College Bronze
Cornell University 3 Golds
  • Best Applied Design, Undergrad
  • Best Environment Project, Undergrad
  • Best Supporting Entrepreneurship, Undergrad
University of Edinburgh 2 Golds
  • Nominated for Best Health and Medicine Project, Undergrad
  • Best Integrated Human Practices, Undergrad
EPF Lausanne Silver
ETH Zurich 6 Golds
  • Nominated for Best Health and Medicine Project, Overgrad
  • Best Model, Overgrad
  • Nominated for Best Wiki, Overgrad
  • Nominated for Best Poster, Overgrad
  • Nominated for Best New Basic Part, Overgrad
  • Best Part Collection, Overgrad
Georgia State University Silver
Lambert GA High School Bronze
London Biohackspace Bronze
Manchester-Graz Gold
Philipps-Universität Marburg 7 Golds
  • Best Food and Nutrition Project
  • Best Innovation in Measurement, Overgrad
  • Nominated for Best Education and Public Engagement, Overgrad
  • Nominated for Best Wiki, Overgrad
  • Nominated for Best Poster, Overgrad
  • Nominated for Best New Composite Part, Overgrad
  • Nominated for Best Part Collection, Overgrad
University of Minnesota
New York University Shanghai Silver
  • Nominated for Best Poster, Undergrad
University of Ottawa Gold
University of Oxford 5 Golds
  • Nominated for Best Applied Design, Overgrad
  • Nominated for Best Model, Undergrad
  • Nominated for Best Wiki, Undergrad
  • Nominated for Best Presentation, Undergrad
  • Nominated for Best New Basic Part, Undergrad
KTH - Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm Gold
  • Nominated for Best Health and Medicine Project, Overgrad
Stony Brook University Silver
University of Sydney 3 Golds
  • Nominated for Best Model, Undergrad
  • Nominated for Best Integrated Human Practices, Undergrad,
  • Nominated for Best Education and Public Engagement, Undergrad
Technische Universität Darmstadt 3 Golds
  • Nominated for Best Applied Design, Overgrad
  • Nominated for Best Poster, Overgrad
  • Nominated for Best Part Collection, Overgrad
Delft University of Technology 10 Golds
  • Finalist, Overgrad
  • Grand Prize Winner, Overgrad
  • Nominated for Best Model, High School
  • Best Hardware Project
  • Nominated for Best Model, Overgrad
  • Best Applied Design, Overgrad
  • Nominated for Best Integrated Human Practices, Overgrad
  • Best Wiki, Overgrad
  • Nominated for Best New Composite Part, Overgrad,
  • Nominated for Best Part Collection, Overgrad
Eindhoven University of Technology 3 Golds
  • Nominated for Best New Appliation Project, Undergrad
  • Best Innovation in Measurement, Undergrad
  • Nominated for Best Education and Public Engagement, Undergrad
University of Tübingen Gold
Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Guadalajara Bronze
Tec Monterrey Silver
Tufts University Bronze
University of Chicago Silver
University College of London 2 Golds
  • Best Supporting Entrepreneurship, Overgrad
  • Nominated for Best New Composite Part, Overgrad
WashU St. Louis Bronze
Waterloo 3 Golds
  • Nominated for Best Foundational Advance Project
  • Best Software Tool, Overgrad
  • Best Poster, Overgrad
University of Westminster Gold
XJTLU-CHINA Silver
University of York Gold
  • Nominated for Best Supporting Entrepreneurship, Undergrad

The ETH Zurich team won six gold medals, Best Model, Overgrad, and Best Part Collection, Overgrad, as well as being nominated for four additional awards, for their project to create a device for the reliable, fast, and cheap detection of metastasis for a wide range of cancers by developing a bacterial signal processing system for sensitive and selective single-cell detection of CTCs in blood samples. Lisa Baumgartner, of the ETH Zurich team said, “Snapgene helped us a lot in the planning of our Gibson assemblies and restriction cloning steps, as well as the design of our award winning promoter collection. I think there was not a day when we didn't use the software.”

The Marburg team won seven gold medals, Best Food and Nutrition Project, and Best Innovation in Measurement, Overgrad, as well as being nominated for five additional awards, for their project to provide innovative solutions for improving and balancing nutrition at the interface of the human microbiome and gut in order to tackle malnutrition and overconsumption of food. Maik Luu, of the Marburg team said, “During iGEM 2015, our work in the lab required the evaluation of sequencing results, analysis of genes and the planning of new constructs every day. SnapGene’s various functions simplified those tasks for us a lot. The development of cloning strategies and design of constructs became more efficient by illustrating the sequence features. Additionally, the intuitive preparation of vector maps facilitated the clear organization of our Brick Collection.”

The XJTLU-CHINA team won a silver medal for their project to design E.coli that can simulate the global warming process on the agar plate. Xi’an Jiaotong of the XJTLU-CHINA team said, “SnapGene is an indispensable tool for gene cloning. SnapGene's construction and cloning tools helped us a lot to ensure the vectors design were valid. Besides its powerful data processing capability, SnapGene is way friendlier to use when compared with conventional vector designing softwares.”

Aline Glick, VP of Product Management for GSL Biotech remarked, “It is fun to note that while we sponsored 12% of the 2015 iGEM teams, our teams received 46% of the gold medals awarded, and 30% of nominations and awards, including Grand Prize Winner, TU Delft. However, the best part of sponsoring iGEM teams for us is to be a part of these young researchers’ processes of discovery. Next year, the statistic I would be proudest to cite would be 100% of 2016 iGEM teams taking advantage of our offer of sponsorship to accelerate their research.”

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.

iGEM 2016 teams interested in receiving sponsorship from GSL Biotech in the form of free access to SnapGene should contact the company.

Contact Information

GSL Biotech
Aline Glick
Vice President of Product Management
GSL Biotech
Tel: 773.966.4599
Email: aglick@snapgene.com

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