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February 22, 2017

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SnapGene-Sponsored iGEM Teams Distinguish Themselves

SnapGene extends invitation to 2017 teams

Chicago, IL – February 22

GSL Biotech announced today that the company will sponsor iGEM teams for the fifth year in a row with complimentary access to the company’s flagship product SnapGene, a leading software to design, visualize, and document everyday molecular biology procedures. The number of teams requesting access to SnapGene has grown each year, with 44 teams receiving sponsorship in 2016. Those teams used SnapGene to create innovative projects, and won many awards at the Giant Jamboree, including more than 1/3 of all gold medals awarded. Aline Glick, VP of Product Management at GSL Biotech remarked, “Sponsoring iGEM teams has been a rewarding experience. We have followed the teams with interest, and taken inspiration from their energy and innovation. We are delighted to continue this support for the 2017 iGEM competition.” The SnapGene-sponsored teams received the following medals, awards, and nominations:

2016 Teams Medals Awards and Nominations
AUC TURKEY
Chalmers Gothenburg Gold
CLSB UK Silver
  • Nominated for Best Wiki, High school
Cornell University
  • Nominated for Best Integrated Human Practices
Denver Biolabs Bronze
DTU-Denmark Gold
  • Nominated for Best Poster, Overgrad
  • Nominated for Best Hardware, Overgrad
EPFL Gold
  • Nominated for Best Information Processing Project
Genspace 2 Golds
  • Nominated for Best Measurement, Overgrad
  • Nominated for Best Measurement, Overgrad
Georgia State Silver
Goettingen
Hamburg Silver
Hannover Bronze
The University of Hong Kong Silver
University of Kent Silver
Lambert High School 2 Silvers
  • Nominated for Best Wiki, High school
Universiteit Leiden Bronze
Linköpings Universitet Bronze
Manchester 3 Golds
  • Nominated for Best Education & Public Engagement
  • Best Model
  • Nominated for Best Model
NAWI-Graz Bronze
NYU Shanghai
University of Oxford Gold
  • Nominated for Best Therapeutics Project
  • Nominated for Best Wiki
  • Nominated for Best Presentation
  • Nominated for Best Education & Public Engagement
SDU-Denmark Gold
  • Best Wiki, Overgrad
  • Nominated for Best Wiki, Overgrad
  • Nominated for Best Presentation, Overgrad
  • Nominated for Best Poster, Overgrad
  • Nominated for Best Education & Public Engagement, Overgrad
Stanford-Brown Gold
  • Nominated for Best Manufacturing Project
  • Best Measurement
Stockholm 2 Golds
  • Nominated for Best Presentation, Overgrad
  • Nominated for Best Education & Public Engagement, Overgrad
Stony Brook University Silver
Tec-Chihuahua Bronze
Tec-Monterrey Gold
TecCEM Bronze
Tecnológico de Costa Rica Silver
Technische Universität Darmstadt Silver
TU Delft 7 Golds
  • Best New Application Project, Overgrad
  • Nominated for Best Wiki, Overgrad
  • Best Model, Overgrad
  • Best New Composite Part, Overgrad
  • Nominated for Best New Composite Part, Overgrad
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven 3 Golds
  • Nominated for Best New Application Project
  • Nominated for Best Model
  • Nominated for Best New Basic Part
Tübingen Bronze
Tufts University Bronze
University of Chicago Bronze
University College London 3 Golds
  • Nominated for Best Therapeutics Project
  • Nominated for Best Entrepreneurship
  • Nominated for Best New Composite Part
  • Nominated for Best New Composite Part
USP UNIFESP Brazil Silver
Vilnius Lithuania Gold
  • Nominated for Best Therapeutics Project
University of Virginia Gold
University of Washington Bronze
Wageningen UR 8 Golds
  • Nominated for Best Food & Nutrition Project
  • Nominated for Best Wiki, Overgrad
  • Nominated for Best Poster, Overgrad
Washington University in St. Louis Silver
University of Waterloo 2 Golds
  • Best Poster, Overgrad
  • Nominated for Best Poster, Overgrad
University of Westminster Bronze

The Stockholm team won two gold medals for their project to construct a wound dressing from genetically engineered spider silk. Oscar He of the team remarked on SnapGene’s error prevention capabilities. “Thanks to the SnapGene software, we in the iGEM Stockholm team were able to build our constructions, plan, and simulate our reactions. This ensured successful results and allowed us to predict the optimal reaction conditions, thus minimising errors.”

The DenverBiolabs community team was one of the few community lab teams at the iGEM competition, comprised of an interdisciplinary mix of engineers, computer scientists, designers, teachers, and students. Isaac Bean commented on SnapGene’s role as a teaching tool for team members with varying degrees of experience in molecular biology, saying, “SnapGene's intuitive and well designed tools made it quick and easy for our team to get a foundational understanding of complicated molecular biology techniques. I can say with 100% certainty that the full tool suite of SnapGene accelerates our research and reduces our errors.”

The UChicago team worked on a project with yeast to restore malfunctioning circadian timing. Morgan Pantuck of the team also spoke of SnapGene’s role as a teaching tool, stating, “[SnapGene] is truly an impressive all-in-one tool, and has saved us countless hours in the lab. As a student team, SnapGene has also been a very valuable learning and teaching tool for us. Being able to test-run various reagents and enzymes, and then to visualize these reactions step-by-step, definitely helps us gain mastery over the science of cloning.”

2017 iGEM teams have already started their work with SnapGene, and GSL Biotech encourages others to get in touch.

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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