Icon Genetics to Provide John Innes Centre Access to Golden Gate Cloning Platform

Munich, Sep­tem­ber 20, 2012 — Icon Genet­ics GmbH (ICON), Munich/Halle, Ger­many, has announced that the Com­pa­ny has entered into a license agree­ment with the Sains­bury Lab­o­ra­to­ry (TSL) and the John Innes Cen­tre (JIC), Nor­wich, UK, that allows TSL and JIC to use in its research ICON’s high-through­put DNA Assem­bly Plat­form known as ‘Gold­en Gate Cloning’.

Gold­en Gate Cloning tech­nol­o­gy is a set of gene splic­ing tech­nolo­gies that allows for a rapid, pre­cise and high through-put DNA engi­neer­ing that can be applied in a hier­ar­chi­cal man­ner to shuf­fle genes, to assem­ble cod­ing parts, expres­sion units, mul­ti-gene con­structs and whole plas­mids at a high speed and eco­nom­i­cal­ly. The tech­nol­o­gy will accel­er­ate and sim­pli­fy TSL and JICi’s pio­neer­ing research in many areas includ­ing syn­thet­ic biol­o­gy and biotech­nol­o­gy.

Pro­fes­sor Yuri Gle­ba, ICON’s CEO said: “TSL and JIC are no doubt among the best world research cen­ters in the area of plant mol­e­c­u­lar biol­o­gy and biotech­nol­o­gy, and ICON ben­e­fit­ted enor­mous­ly from hav­ing both of its main man­agers Dr. Sylvestre Mar­il­lon­net, our for­mer research Direc­tor and the main inven­tor of the tech­nol­o­gy, and Dr. Vic­tor Klimyuk, our COO, trained and worked at TSL in Pro­fes­sor Jonathan Jones’ Lab­o­ra­to­ry before join­ing ICON. We would like this rela­tion­ship between acad­e­mia and busi­ness­es to be tru­ly mutu­al­ly ben­e­fi­cial.”

Pro­fes­sor Jonathan Jones of TSL said “I’m delight­ed at the out­stand­ing suc­cess of my for­mer col­leagues now at Icon and their will­ing­ness to make their pio­neer­ing tech­nol­o­gy avail­able to the aca­d­e­m­ic com­mu­ni­ty in Nor­wich.”

Pro­fes­sor Sophien Kamoun, head of TSL said: “We are excit­ed about our col­lab­o­ra­tion with Icon Genet­ics in the area of syn­thet­ic biol­o­gy. We are look­ing for­ward to upgrade our mol­e­c­u­lar cloning vec­tors to inte­grate the improve­ments offered by the Icon vec­tor sys­tems. These will help us in our mis­sion to con­duct cut­ting edge research in plant biol­o­gy and deliv­er solu­tion to crop dis­eases.”

Pro­fes­sor Dale Sanders, Direc­tor of JIC said: “We are delight­ed to have access to this state-of-the-art tech­nol­o­gy from Icon Genet­ics. The oppor­tu­ni­ties offered by these nov­el gene splic­ing tech­nolo­gies will help keep JIC at the fore­front of syn­thet­ic biol­o­gy and biotech­nol­o­gy research and will impact on our abil­i­ty to deliv­er on our mis­sion that includes dis­cov­ery and devel­op­ment of nov­el bioac­tives.”

About ICON:
Icon Genet­ics, a plant biotech­nol­o­gy com­pa­ny, is cur­rent­ly a whol­ly owned sub­sidiary of Nomad Bio­science GmbH, Munich, Ger­many. The Com­pa­ny dis­cov­ers and devel­ops new bio­phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals and high-val­ue pro­tein prod­ucts using green plants as pro­duc­tion hosts. ICON offers new plant man­u­fac­tur­ing tech­nolo­gies which address speed, yield, pre­ci­sion, expres­sion con­trol and safe­ty of prod­uct man­u­fac­tur­ing in plants. ICON oper­ates its own cGMP-com­pli­ant man­u­fac­tur­ing facil­i­ty in Halle, Ger­many. ICON’s own pipeline includes sev­er­al ’bio­bet­ter’ anti-can­cer anti­bod­ies (pre-clin­i­cal stage).

About The Sains­bury Lab­o­ra­to­ry:
TSL is a char­i­ta­ble com­pa­ny and a world leader in plant sci­ence. It is based on the Nor­wich Research Park and close­ly linked to the Gats­by Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion, Uni­ver­si­ty of East Anglia and the John Innes Cen­tre. TSL is ded­i­cat­ed to mak­ing fun­da­men­tal dis­cov­er­ies about plants and how they inter­act with microbes and virus­es and favours dar­ing, long-term research over work that could be equal­ly well car­ried out else­where. The main goals of the Lab­o­ra­to­ry are:
•To make fun­da­men­tal dis­cov­er­ies in the sci­ence of plant-microbe inter­ac­tions
•To build on fun­da­men­tal sci­en­tif­ic research and deliv­er sci­ence solu­tions that reduce crop loss­es to impor­tant dis­eases
•To pro­vide an out­stand­ing train­ing envi­ron­ment for plant sci­en­tists
For more infor­ma­tion please vis­it www.tsl.ac.uk.

About the John Innes Cen­tre:
The John Innes Cen­tre, www.jic.ac.uk, is a world-lead­ing research cen­tre based on the Nor­wich Research Park www.norwichresearchpark.com. The JIC’s mis­sion is to gen­er­ate knowl­edge of plants and microbes through inno­v­a­tive research, to train sci­en­tists for the future, and to apply its knowl­edge to ben­e­fit agri­cul­ture, human health and well-being, and the envi­ron­ment. JIC deliv­ers world class bio­science out­comes lead­ing to wealth and job cre­ation, and gen­er­at­ing high returns for the UK econ­o­my. JIC is one of eight insti­tutes that receive strate­gic fund­ing from the Biotech­nol­o­gy and Bio­log­i­cal Sci­ences Research Coun­cil and received a total of £27.5M invest­ment in 2011-12.