DuPont and OligoCo to Collaborate on Development of DNA Synthesis Technology

DuPont News, February 1, 2012


John Bedbrook
John Bedbrook

DuPont and OligoCo have collaborated to develop new technology to help feed a growing global population

The efficient production of long, high-quality DNA segments known as oligonucleotides is essential to reliably transcribe genetic information into full-length genes and accelerate the pace of discovery and development of improved crop products.

“Harnessing the most advanced tools in plant molecular genetics is essential to developing crops with improved traits,” said John Bedbrook, vice president, DuPont Agricultural Biotechnology. “Our collaboration with OligoCo enables us to further develop and access cutting-edge technology that helps us improve crop performance faster and more efficiently.”

Under the agreement, DuPont business Pioneer Hi-Bred will collaborate with OligoCo to develop a next-generation oligonucleotide synthesizer. Pioneer will leverage the new technology in its customer-focused agriculture biotech research programs.

“OligoCo is excited to work with Pioneer in the development of the next generation oligonucleotide synthesis technology,” said John Richards, president, OligoCo. “In combination with our other collaborators, our goal is to introduce a novel synthesis platform that provides high throughput, low error rates and low cost, all of which are important enablers for synthetic biology.”

OligoCo, formerly Blue Heron Biotechnology and a leader in gene synthesis, has significant experience in oligonucleotide synthesis.

View the news release.