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Last Train to Emeryville: The DigiBio Value Engine Is Leavin’ the Station, Are You on It?

Submitted by on January 10, 2018 – 3:02 pmNo Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Tie-ins for Zymergen, Radiant Genomics, DMC, Capricorn Venture Partners, Syngenta and CHS demonstrate the firepower and scope of digital biology.

Today, products made via traditional biological tools tap into easy-to-grow-in-a-lab organisms, and mostly nothin’ else. Sort of like making all the wines in the world from Merlot grapes, because the underlying manufacturing is just too easy with Merlot and too hard with anything else. Consider this the Sideways problem.

What’s coming — or rather, what’s leaving the station? Unprecedented speed and cost reductions in bringing biological change to market, that’s what.

Call it, digital biology. That’s our catch-all term for the convergence of artisanal biology with the modern tools provide by the digital revolution — accelerating and altering the pace and scope of advanced biotechnology.  Think of of it this way: turning biology into a branch of information science.

Zymergen grabs Radiant Genomics
One of the signs that the earliest stage of a revolution is ending is when the resultant companies start to acquire one another. We’ve seen a bunch of that — Ginkgo BioWorks and Gen9 come to mind. Moreso, now that digbio behemoth Zymergen, which integrates machine learning and manufacturing technologies to engineer biology, acquired Radiant Genomics and its more than two terabases of physical and digital DNA data, one of the largest fully-assembled and instantly-accessible catalogues of genetic diversity in the world.

DMC has developed technology to reduce biological complexity and enhance the speed of development, creating a low cost, fermentation-based manufacturing platform that has the capability to produce a broad diversity of products.

CHS agreed on terms with Syngenta to deploy Enogen corn enzyme technology at its 130-million-gallon ethanol plant in Rochelle, Illinois. 

Digital biology is the only known fundamental force in the universe that keeps all mathematical knowledge from tumbling into the black holes of Apple, Google and their ilk. And we might add, this cadre of scientists — some of them screamingly young — are using their science chops for something more ambitious than getting you a faster, cheaper taxi. They are changing the materials, therapies and organisms of the future.    READ MORE

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