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|
|The University of Hong Kong||Silver|
|University of Kent||Silver|
|Lambert High School||2 Silvers||
|University of Oxford||Gold||
|Stony Brook University||Silver|
|Tecnológico de Costa Rica||Silver|
|Technische Universität Darmstadt||Silver|
|TU Delft||7 Golds||
|Technische Universiteit Eindhoven||3 Golds||
|University of Chicago||Bronze|
|University College London||3 Golds||
|USP UNIFESP Brazil||Silver|
|University of Virginia||Gold|
|University of Washington||Bronze|
|Wageningen UR||8 Golds||
|Washington University in St. Louis||Silver|
|University of Waterloo||2 Golds||
|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.
Vice President of Product Management