TeselaGen Receives $750k NSF SBIR Phase II Award

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TeselaGen has received a $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to expand TeselaGen’s computer aided design/build platform, which uses synthetic biology approaches to build and modify DNA. TeselaGen is used by medical and industrial biotech companies to build products ranging from cancer therapeutics to sustainable bio-based chemicals and fuels.

TeselaGen's Summer of '14 Team assembles near their San Francisco hideout.


TeselaGen Biotechnology has received a $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to expand their bioCAD/CAM software suite, which uses synthetic biology approaches to build and modify DNA. The Small Business Innovation Research Phase II grant will be used to help commercialize the “j5” technology under exclusive license from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. j5 was developed at the Joint BioEnergy Institute, an LBNL laboratory that develops alternative fuel technologies for the Department of Energy. With this new SBIR Phase II award, TeselaGen has received over one million dollars from the NSF for the development of their synthetic biology platform.

Using TeselaGen’s technology, companies like Genomatica (San Diego, CA) accelerate development of their proprietary organisms. These organisms are an important part of the overall process technology for the production of major chemicals from renewable feedstocks. Companies like Amgen (Thousand Oaks, CA) use TeselaGen’s platform for the efficient design of large recombinant molecules for use in their drug therapeutic and diagnostic development efforts, in order to better treat cancer and other chronic disease.

“TeselaGen’s NSF award comes at a time when the synthetic approach to building macromolecules or redesigning biological pathways is accelerating rapidly in industrial, medical and plant biotechnology,” said Mike Fero, CEO, TeselaGen. “We are very excited to be a leader in building valuable software that enables breakthroughs that will cure disease and provide for a more sustainable future.”

About TeselaGen

TeselaGen is accelerating synthetic biology with their fully automated "Mind to Molecule" software suite for designing and building complex DNA molecules and combinatorial DNA libraries. The system constitutes a rapid prototyping system for synthetic biology enabling companies to build better biologic drugs to cure disease, and more sustainable bio-based chemicals.

TeselaGen’s first offering is a computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) tool to help companies design complex protocols for the assembly of DNA libraries. Plans, supported by the National Science Foundation, include integration of the assembler output with automation for building DNA libraries of arbitrary length and complexity without human intervention.

TeselaGen’s recognition includes a Bio-IT World Best Practices Award in 2013, and grant awards from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy.

For More Information Contact:

Michael Fero PhD
Founder and CEO
TeselaGen Biotechnology, Inc.
953 Indiana St.
San Francisco, CA 94107

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