La Jolla, CA, United States
La Jolla, CA, United States

Synthetic Genomics is a company dedicated to using modified or synthetically produced microorganisms to produce the alternative fuels—ethanol and hydrogen. Synthetic Genomics was founded in part by J. Craig Venter. Venter's previous company, Celera Genomics, was a driving force in the race to sequence the Human Genome.The firm takes its name from the phrase synthetic genomics which is a scientific discipline of synthetic biology related to the generation of organisms artificially using genetic material. As of 2009, Synthetic Genomics is working to produce biofuels on an industrial-scale using recombinant algae and other microorganisms. They are receiving funding from companies like ExxonMobil for this venture.The company has purchased an 81 acre site in Southern California's Imperial valley where they intend to produce algae fuel. Wikipedia.


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Patent
Synthetic Genomics, Inc | Date: 2016-11-03

The present invention provides an innovate method and device for depositing coated particles to prepare sample cartridges for use in a gene gun. It allows for scalability of sample cartridge preparation, as well as the ability to prepare multiple different samples simultaneously thereby reducing the time required to prepare different samples and consequently the time required to perform a biological assay, such as a transformation as


Patent
Synthetic Genomics, Inc | Date: 2016-11-02

The present invention provides mutant microorganism that have higher lipid productivity than the wild type microorganisms from which they are derived while producing biomass at levels that are at least 45% of wild type biomass productivity under nitrogen replete conditions. Particular mutants produce at least 50% as much FAME lipid as wild type while producing at least the amount of biomass produced by wild type cells under nitrogen replete conditions. Also provided are methods of producing lipid using the mutant strains.


Patent
Synthetic Genomics, Inc | Date: 2016-10-20

Mutant photosynthetic algae having increased biomass productivity are provided. The mutants have attenuated expression of violaxanthin chlorophyll a binding proteins (VCP) or fucoxanthin chlorophyll a/c binding proteins (FCP), reduced chlorophyll, higher apparent ETR(II), little to no reduction in P_(max )per cell, and decreased NPQ over a wide range of light intensities. Provided herein are constructs for attenuating or disrupting VCP or FCP genes. Also provided are methods of culturing VCP or FCP mutants for the production of biomass or other products.


Patent
Synthetic Genomics, Inc | Date: 2017-01-25

The present invention provides methods for producing a product of one or more enzymatic pathways. The pathways used in the methods of the invention involve one or more conversion steps such as, for example, an enzymatic conversion of guluronic acid into D-glucarate (Step 7); an enzymatic conversion of 5-ketogluconate (5-KGA) into L-Iduronic acid (Step 15); an enzymatic conversion of L-Iduronic acid into Idaric acid Step 7b); and an enzymatic conversion of 5-ketocluconate into 4,6-dihydroxy 2,5-diketo hexanoate (2,5-DDH) (Step 16). In some embodiments the methods of the invention produce 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) as a product. The methods include both enzymatic and chemical conversions as steps. Various pathways are also provided for converting glucose into 5-dehdyro-4-deoxy-glucarate (DDG), and for converting glucose into 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA). The methods also involve the use of engineered enzymes that perform reactions with high specificity and efficiency. Additional products that can be produce include metabolic products such as, but not limited to, guluronic acid, L-iduronic acid, idaric acid, glucaric acid. Any of the products can be produced using glucose as a substrate or using any intermediate in any of the methods or pathways of the invention.


Patent
Synthetic Genomics, Inc | Date: 2017-02-07

The invention relates to a method for producing polymers, in particular synthetic nucleic acid double strands of optional sequence, comprising the steps:


Patent
Synthetic Genomics, Inc | Date: 2016-11-30

The present application provides novel regulatory elements including promoter sequences from microorganisms. The application further discloses DNA constructs containing these novel regulatory elements, and recombinant microorganisms comprising these regulatory elements. Methods of modifying, producing, and using the regulatory elements are also disclosed. The regulatory elements and transformation methods disclosed herein are particularly suited for use in Parachlorella and other microalgae.


Patent
Synthetic Genomics, Inc | Date: 2016-02-23

Compositions and methods are disclosed herein for cloning a synthetic or a semi-synthetic donor genome in a heterologous host cell. In one embodiment, the donor genome can be further modified within a host cell. Modified or unmodified genomes can be further isolated from the host cell and transferred to a recipient cell. Methods disclosed herein can be used to alter donor genomes from intractable donor cells in more tractable host cells.


Patent
Synthetic Genomics, Inc | Date: 2016-02-29

Compositions and methods are disclosed herein for cloning a donor genome in a heterologous host cell. In one embodiment, the donor genome can be further modified within a host cell. Modified or unmodified genomes can be further isolated from the host cell and transferred to a recipient cell. Methods disclosed herein can be used to alter donor genomes from intractable donor cells in more tractable host cells.


Patent
Synthetic Genomics, Inc | Date: 2016-02-29

The present disclosure generally relates to novel polynucleotide molecules for use in regulating gene expression in recombinant cells, such as labyrinthulomycetes cells. The disclosure further relates to nucleic acid constructs, such as vectors and expression cassettes, containing a regulatory element operably linked to a heterologous nucleotide sequence. The disclosure further relates to methods for stably transforming a host cell, such as a labyrinthulomycetes cell with transgenes. Stably transformed recombinant cells, progeny, biomaterials derived therefrom, and methods for preparing and using the same are also provided.


Patent
Synthetic Genomics, Inc | Date: 2016-04-15

Mutant photosynthetic microorganisms having reduced chlorophyll and increased photosynthetic efficiency are provided. The mutant strains have mutated chloroplastic SRP54 genes and exhibit increased productivity with respect to wild type strains. Also provided are mutant algal strains having mutated cytosolic SRP54 genes. Provided herein are methods of producing biomass and other products such as lipids using strains having mutations in an SRP54 gene. Also included are constructs and methods for attenuating or disrupting SRP54 genes.

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