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GenScript: Proud Sponsor of iGEM Teams Since 2013

GenScript: Proud Sponsor of iGEM Teams Since 2009

GenScript celebrates the accomplishments of iGEM teams! Since 2009, our high-quality gene synthesis has led our sponsored iGEM teams to remarkable achievements in innovation. We are pleased to be a premium partner again for the 2017 iGEM Competition. As a part of our partnership, GenScript is offering both funding opportunities and special discounts for participating teams:

GenScript Thanks All iGEM Teams!

GenScript would like to extend our congratulations to all iGEM teams for their hard work achieving their research goals. The deadline for proposal submission to be considered for our iGEM scholarship has passed. We are excited to read all of the amazing ideas and will update all teams when decisions regarding scholarships have been made. A breakdown of the number and type of scholarships offered this year are as follows:

X 2 - $2,000 GenScript Credit

X 4 - $1,000 GenScript Credit

X 7 - $500 GenScript Credit

Thanks again for participating and best of luck in all of your research endeavors!

Special iGEM Team Promotion

All 2017 iGEM teams are also eligible to receive a special discount – 20% off Gene Synthesis and Cloning services:

Eligible services include:

  1. Standard gene synthesis (SC1010)
  2. Express Cloning (SC1691)
  3. VectorArk Cloning (SC1692)
  4. Subcloning (SC1017)

To receive your discount, use the promo code iGEM2017MB20%OFF and include your team name when you place the quote*. This discount is available until October 31, 2017.

Synthetic Biology and GenScript

The rapidly expanding science of synthetic biology is a field that GenScript, the leading synthetic biology company in the world and the No. 1 gene synthesis supplier in North America, has helped pioneer since 2002. Synthetic Biology involves reducing the complexity of life down to basic building blocks of molecular biology, which can then be customized, mixed and matched to create useful organisms for biofuel production, industrial biotechnology development, and to promote human health. GenScript supports synthetic biology research by converting your "scripts" into "reality".

The discovery of the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technology has vastly accelerated the field of synthetic biology, enabling the development of novel cell lines and synthesis of important metabolites and proteins. With a license from the only CRISPR patent holder, GenScript strives to facilitate CRISPR research by offering a variety of gRNA constructs, genome-wide libraries, as well as CRISPR-editied mammalian cell lines and microbes. In 2016, GenScript is offering sponsorship opportunities for iGEM teams striving to advance the potential of CRISPR gene editing.

Helpful Resources

  1. Gene Synthesis Handbook: learn more about gene synthesis and how it has revolutionized biology research.
  2. CRISPR Handbook: learn more about the technology, as well as helpful protocols and workflows for CRISPR gene editing.
  3. Molecular Cloning Handbook: get useful tips for troubleshooting molecular cloning procedures.
  4. Gene Synthesis Technical Resources: FAQs and helpful bioinformatics tools.
  5. CRISPR Technical Resources: FAQs, free webinars, and experimental protocols.

About iGEM

The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM), the incubator of synthetic biology, is a worldwide Synthetic Biology competition organized by MIT. Since its inception in 2003, iGEM has gradually become the premiere Synthetic Biology competition, an international sensation, and a significant force to the advancement of synthetic biology. In 2015, the competition expanded to 280 teams from more than 50 countries.

iGEM not only generates useful new tools for synthetic biology and spurs the creation of innovative projects; it also serves as a conduit for education and awareness of biosafety. NPR's Science Friday covered the 2013 iGEM competition in its segment titled "BioSecurity in the Age of Redesigned Life." GenScript is proud to be a founding member of the International Gene Synthesis Consortium, a group that works with governmental agencies and the research community to evaluate and manage biosafety risks associated with the practice of synthetic biology.

Teams Sponsored by GenScript in the 2009-2015 iGEM Jamborees

GenScript-sponsored teams from around the world have won accolades at Regional and World Championship Jamborees for their innovative research. Read about their projects and awards below!

2015 iGEM Teams

2015 iGEM Teams
sponsored by GenScript
Country Project Award
Cornell University
Team Cornell genetically engineered E. coli to produce entericidin B peptide, providing resistance to microbes that cause bacterial coldwater disease (BCWD).
Best Environment Project, Undergrad
Best Applied Design, Undergrad
Best Supporting Entrepreneurship, Undergrad
Nagahama iGEM
Team Nagahama synthesized geraniol synthase genes from to provide volatile bacteria that can preserve food without electricity.
University College London (UCL)
Team UCL introduced controllable neurotransmitter biosynthetic pathways into gut microbes to treat mental illness.
Best Supporting Entrepreneurship, Overgrad
Nominated for Best New
Composite Part, Overgrad
University of Helsinki and Aalto university
Team Aalto-Helsinki engineered E.coli to create propane from cellulose.
University of West Bohemia (Pilsen) AND Carles University (Prague)
Czech Republic
Team Czech Republic developed an IOD Band system, using antigen recognition and cellular communication to identify circulating tumor cells.
Finalist, Undergrad
First Runner Up, Undergrad
Best Health and Medicine Project, Undergrad
Best Software Tool, Undergrad
Best Model, Undergrad
Nominated for Best Applied Design, Undergrad
Nominated for Best Wiki, Undergrad
Nominated for Best Presentation, Undergrad
Wisconsin Lutheran College
Team WLC focused on expanding phage therapy by developing a new method to isolate bacteriophages that infect pathogenic bacteria.
Nominated by Best Education and Public Engagement, Undergrad
Colorado State University
Team CSU engineered E.coli to produce terpenoids by breaking down frying oil.
Team Evry engineered S.cerevisiae to create a yeast immunotherapy targeting melanoma tumor cells.
Birkbeck - University of London
Team Birkbeck produced a viral modular chassis from lambda phages to detect pathogenic bacteria.
London Biohackspace
Team London Biohackspace used synthetic biology to create yeast strains that could be used in DIY homebrew kits.
Rock Ridge High School
Team Rock Ridge HS created a bacterium that mimics insect-specific symbiotic bacteria to treat Lyme Disease.
Tec_Guadalajara (Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Guadalajara)
Team Tec_Guadalajara expressed a 2-gene metabolic pathways in yeast to produce industrial levels of graphene.
Team Tufts used Clostridium difficile toxin B to deliver CRISPR/Cas9 into epithelial cells and target deleterious genes.
University of Minnesota
Team UMN used viral 2A sequences to optimized synthesis of beta carotenoids in yeast.
University of Pennsylvania
Team Penn developed a biological analog of an octocoupler, mimicking cell-cell communication with bioluminescence.

2014 iGEM Teams

2014 iGEM Teams Sponsored by GenScript Country Team Project Team Awards
Team Aachen developed a novel biosensor system called Cellock Holmes that detects pathogenic bacteria on solid surfaces using a low-cost, rapid and portable technique.

Best Supporting Software, Overgrad
Safety Commendation, Overgrad
Best Measurement Project
Team UCSF & UCB used cellular communities to model collective behaviors emergent from individual autonomous rules. Building upon quorum sensing mechanisms in the bioluminescent bacteria V. fischeri, they constructed a community averaging circuit in yeast.

Best Presentation, undergrad
Team TU-Eindhoven engineered a new way to make genetically-engineered bacteria more resilient for use in environmental or biomedical applications, by designing two Clickable Outer Membrane Proteins that can allow bacteria to be easily encapsulated by a protective, biocompatible PEG shell.

Best New Application Project, Undergrad
Team Zurich developed "Mosaicoli" cells that contain genetic circuits combining quorum sensing molecules with logic gates in order to model how complex patterns found in nature can emerge from simple rules, and to create new tools for creating biological computers.

Best Model, Overgrad
Team Cornell designed a novel lead remediation / heavy metal filtration system including bacterial strains engineered to simultaneously express heavy metal transport proteins and metallothioneins
Team Groningen developed a new bandage, called LactoAid, to prevent common burn wound infections without the use of antibiotics. Lactococcus lactis was genetically engineered to secrete three multimodal infection-preventing molecules upon detection of Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa at the wound site.
Team NTNU-Trondheim BioBricks that allow the insertion of transgenes into the photosynthetic organism Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803. to lay the groundwork for environmental innovations.
Team Tufts expressed a merRNA from Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus in E. coli to sequester cyclic di-GMP and inhibit biofilm formation
Team Georgia Tech addressed the problem of dissolved methane entering water sources during fracking. They engineered E. coli to produce soluble methane monooxygenase (sMMO) in order to conver methane into the less volatile methanol, which can then be treated by further remediation pathways or extracted for commercial use.
Team York developed EcoCADMUS (E. Coli CAdmium DecontaMination Universal System), a new system to provide a safe and effective way to remove Cadmium and Sulfate from wastewater.
Team Bordeaux worked to engineer ELASTICOLI -- E. Coli that generate elastin polymers that have the durability and flexibilty of plastics without posing the environmental risks of non-biodegradable plastic waste.
Team Penn characterized the magnetotactic bacterium in terms of its cadmium tolerance, magnetism, and applications for synthetic biology.
Team Tuebingen created a system for the enzymatic conversion of blood erythrocytes from blood types A, B and AB to the universal donor blood type O.
Team WLU-Milwaukee worked to engineer a probiotic bacterium to secrete the cellulase enzyme that will break down indigestible cellulose in plant material to its digestible glucose components, so that plant material that would ordinarily be indigestible waste can instead be converted into digestible sugar.
Team CSU Fort Collins worked to build a pathway that breaks down spent frying oil in order to manufacture a value-added terpenoid.  
Team Manchester created a novel treatment for obesity by engineering E. coli into a “sugar sponge” that absorbs excess carbohydrates before they can be taken up in the human intestines.  

2013 iGEM Teams

2013 iGEM Teams Sponsored by GenScript Country Team Project Team Awards
Albert Ludwigs University Freiburg
Team Freiburg developed the uniCAS universal toolkit that enables customizable gene regulation in mammalian cells utilizing the CRISPR/Cas9 system for specific targeting of DNA sequences, which can be matched with different effector domains for efficient gene activation or repression.
Regional Gold Medal
Advance to World Championship
Regional Finalist, Europe
Best New BioBrick Part or Device, Engineered

World Championship Best Foundational Advance Project
Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey
Team TecMonterrey engineered bacterial cells to fight cancer, by targeting anaerobic bacteria to the hypoxic tumor microenvironment where they can secrete therapeutic proteins that induce apoptosis selectively in tumor cells.
Regional Gold Medal
Advance to World Championship
Best Presentation
Best Human Practices
Best New BioBrick Part or Device, Engineered
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Team SJTU-Bio-X created a Metabolic Gear Box combining light sensors with CRISPR interference technology to allow in vivo metabolic flux regulation. As a proof-of-principle, they demonstrated light-inducible repression of fatty acid synthesis.
Regional Gold Medal
Advance to World Championship
Nanjing University
Team Nanjing-China designed the Atrazine Elf, a bacteria that can sense, uptake,and degrade the ubiquitous herbicide atrazine from soil and water.
Regional Gold Medal
Advance to World Championship
Hokkaido University
Team Hokkaido created a Random Operon Shuffling Kit to mix and match transcriptional promoters and ribosomal binding sites in order to optimize gene expression.
Regional Silver Medal
Advance to World Championship
Turgut Ozal University
Team ATOMS-Turkiye sought to fight cancer by engineering gut e. coli to detect the EpCAM antigen present on cancer cell membranes and to express cancer-specific apoptotic proteins under the control of bacterial quorum-sensing mechanisms.
Regional Gold Medal
Bandung Institute Technology (ITB)
Team ITB_Indonesia designed a bacterial cell biosensor for aflatoxins (ubiquitous mutagens and carcinogens produced by fungal growth on improperly stored nuts and other staple foods) in order to improve food safety.
Regional Silver Medal
UNAM School of Science
Team Ciencias-UNAM engineered gut-dwelling E. coli to fight gastritis by secreting antimicrobial peptides under the control of quorum-sensing mechanisms upon detection of gastritis-causing H. pylori.
Regional Silver Medal
LIMES Institute at the University of Bonn
Team Bonn generated a photoswitachble protein degradation system employing a light-sensing domain from Avena sativa to allow blue-light-inducible degradation of any protein of interest.
Regional Bronze Medal
Instituto Tecnologico de Costa Rica
Costa Rica
Team Costa_Rica_Cibus engineered bacterial cells to transform whey into biodiesel by expressing genes that increase the ability to metabolize lactose into triacylglycerols.
Rutgers University
Team Rutgers aimed to limit the growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria by developing a self-regulatory system for degrading virulent factors using quorum-sensing mechanisms in pathogens such as pseudomonas aeruginosa.

2012 iGEM Teams

2012 iGEM Teams Sponsored by GenScript Country
Autonomous University of Nuevo León Mexico
Albert Ludwigs University Freiburg German
Boston University USA
Caltech USA
ITESM University Mexico
Johns Hopkins University USA
PeKing University China
Shanghai Jiao Tong University China
University of St. Andrews England
University of Tokyo Japan

2011 iGEM Teams

2011 iGEM Teams Sponsored by GenScript Projects Latest Developments
Uppsala-Sweden Setting the color
Improving the existing multichromatic sensing systems by expanding the number of useful wavelengths
Advance to World Championship
NYMU-Taipei Tailoring Your Avatar
Create wireless neuro-stimulator, focusing on achieving remote neuro-stimulation to minimize the invasion and damage to the neuron
Advance to World Championship
SJTU-BioX-Shanghai Condon Switch Controlling Protein Biosynthesis
Designing a set of Codon-Switches that regulate target protein biosynthesis (translation).
Advance to World Championship
St Andrews Kill Switch Engage
Bricking an antimicrobial peptide-encoding gene under the control of an inducible promoter, a kill switch was designed for E. coli suicide upon induction
Regional Gold medal
UCL London

Producing supercoiled plasmid for DNA vaccines by manipulating the expression of the gyrase enzyme

Regional Bronze medal
UIUC-Illinois E. chiver
Dynamically Efficient Bacteria: Creating a "Bacterial Filing Cabinet"
Regional Bronze medal
Utah State Cyano Bricks
Producing high value bioproducts from Synechocystis sp PCC 6803, and studying properties of 23 promoters using dual luciferase imaging technology.
Regional Gold medal
Valencia Water Colicin Cleaner: disinfected water by E. coli
Disinfecting water pathogens by bacteriocin, which can be secreted by engineered E. coli under well controlled manners, e.g. through pH Stat<

2010 iGEM Teams

2010 iGEM Teams Sponsored by GenSript Result
SJTU-BioX-Shanghai Gold medal
Uppsala-Sweden Bronze medal
Utah_State Gold medal

2009 iGEM Teams

2009 iGEM Teams Sponsored by GenSript Result


Silver medal

Molecular Biology Services Quotation

*Terms and Conditions:

  1. Promotion is valid only for the following services: Standard gene synthesis (SC1010), Express Cloning (SC1691), VectorArk Cloning (SC1692); and Subcloning (SC1017).
  2. Promotion is effective only for orders placed on or before October 31, 2017 (11:59 PM EST).
  3. Promotion code iGEM2017MB20 must be mentioned at the time the order is being placed, and may not be applied to orders after they have been confirmed.
  4. iGEM team name must be supplied at time of order to assist in verification of iGEM team registration.
  5. Only one promotion code can be used for each order; this promotion cannot be combined with any other promotion or special pricing agreement.

For information on applying for sponsorship, email igem@genscript.com.