Sponsors for iGEM 2020

As a non-profit organization, we count on the support of our partners and sponsors to help us continue to provide this unique and valuable experience to students worldwide. Thank you to all of everyone below who have helped make iGEM possible.

Platinum Partner Sponsors

Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT)
IDT is a leader in development and manufacturing of products for research and diagnostic life science markets. The world’s largest supplier of custom nucleic acids, IDT serves academic research, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical development communities with products that support applications including: next generation sequencing (NGS), gene amplification, SNP detection, expression profiling, gene quantification, and synthetic biology. Platform-independent NGS products (xGen® Lockdown®Probesfor improved target capture, custom adaptors, fusion primers, Molecular Identifier tags—MIDs) are available in addition to DNA and RNA oligonucleotides, qPCR assays, siRNA duplexes, gBlocks® Gene Fragments for gene construction, and custom gene synthesis.

With many thanks to IDT's generous offer of 20,000 bases of FREE DNA synthesis to all iGEM teams, teams can now live in the future of synthetic biology: focusing on project design and characterization, not cloning and cost. See more about IDT's ground-breaking offer at the IDT partner page.

Ginkgo Bioworks
Ginkgo Bioworks is the organism company. Founded by some of the earliest participants in iGEM, Ginkgo develops tools to make biology easier to engineer, with applications in consumer products, food and agriculture, health and medicine, and beyond. To learn more about Ginkgo and see open job postings, visit ginkgobioworks.com.

Open Philanthropy
Open Philanthropy identifies outstanding giving opportunities, makes grants, follows the results, and publishes its findings. Its mission is to give as effectively as it can and share the findings openly so that anyone can build on them.

Thank you to Open Philanthropy for supporting iGEM's Safety & Security Program.

Twist Bioscience
At Twist Bioscience, we work in service of customers who are changing the world for the better. In fields such as medicine, agriculture, industrial chemicals and data storage, by using our synthetic DNA tools, our customers are developing ways to better lives and improve the sustainability of the planet. The faster our customers succeed, the better for all of us, and Twist Bioscience is uniquely positioned to help accelerate their efforts.

For the second year, Twist Bioscience has teamed up with iGEM to offer every team complimentary synthesis of up to 10kb in Twist Gene Fragments. To find learn more, visit Twist Bioscience's Partner Page.

Partner Plus Sponsors

GenScript is the leading gene, peptide, protein and antibody research partner for fundamental life science research, translational biomedical research, and early stage pharmaceutical development. Since our establishment in 2002, GenScript has exponentially grown to become a global leading biotech company that provides life sciences services and products to scientists over 100 countries worldwide. During their tenure, they have built the best-in-class capacity and capability for biological research services encompassing gene synthesis and molecular biology, peptide synthesis, custom antibodies, protein expression, antibody and protein engineering, and in vitro and in vivo pharmacology – all with the goal to Make Research Easy.

Apply for the GenScript team grant for additional iGEM team funding! Visit GenScript's Partner Sponsor page to learn more.

Partner Sponsors

Benchling is a cloud-based data management and collaboration platform, powering innovative research on biotherapeutics, biofuels, and biomaterials. For free, Benchling offers Notebook, an electronic laboratory notebook, and Molecular Biology, a suite of sequence design and analysis tools. Over 215,000 scientists worldwide depend on Benchling to centralize scientific data, design sequences, and collaborate more efficiently. With Benchling, you and your iGEM team can spend less time searching for notes, protocols, and sequences, and more time focusing on science.

For a second year in a row, Benchling is excited to power the next generation of synthetic biologists and help iGEM teams innovate faster. To learn more about Benchling's exciting offer for iGEM teams, visit their Partner Page.

Revive & Restore
Revive & Restore is the leading conservation organization promoting the incorporation of genetic tools into standard conservation practice. There are many ways synthetic biology can create tools for conservation. In the span of this iGEM year, what will your team be capable of? Revive & Restore asks you to think alternatively and think big! Can you create a synthetic horseshoe crab bait for fisheries? Or generate pollutant remediating microbes? What about using CRISPR/Cas9 for DNA-extraction-free monitoring of invasive species? Use a creative, ambitious goal to develop the first small, scientific steps to get there. Conservation needs innovation. Your next-generation ideas could help save wildlife and ecosystems!

For the 2020 Competition, Revive & Restore will award up to 12 grants of $5500 each to teams whose projects are focused on solving a problem in conservation. Visit their Partner Page for more information.

SnapGene | Geneious
SnapGene and Geneious licenses for iGEM 2020 teams. Whether you’re planning, visualizing and documenting molecular biology procedures with SnapGene or unlocking the value of your sequence data with Geneious, we have the solution for you.

Visit the SnapGene | Geneious Partner Page for more information.

Thermo Fisher Scientific
This year, Thermo Fisher Scientific is offering all iGEM teams access to our do-it-yourself DNA building solutions. Obtain your complete cloning workflow (Invitrogen GeneArt Gibson Assembly cloning kits, Invitrogen GeneArt Strings DNA Fragments, and competent cells) for a fraction of the retail cost.

To learn more, visit the Partner Sponsor Page for Thermo Fisher Scientific partner sponsor.


MathWorks is the leading developer of mathematical computing software. MATLAB, the language of technical computing, is a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualization, and numeric computation. Simulink is a graphical environment for simulation and Model-Based Design of multidomain dynamic and embedded systems. Engineers and scientists worldwide rely on these product families to accelerate the pace of discovery, innovation, and development in automotive, aerospace, electronics, financial services, biotech-pharmaceutical, and other industries. MathWorks products are also fundamental teaching and research tools in the world’s universities and learning institutions.

MathWorks is offering complimentary MATLAB software to iGEM 2020 teams for use in the competition.​ See the Software Resources Page for more information.

Gold Sponsors

  • New England Biolabs
    Established in the mid 1970's, New England Biolabs, Inc. (NEB) is the industry leader in the discovery and production of enzymes for molecular biology applications and now offers the largest selection of recombinant and native enzymes for genomic research. NEB continues to expand its product offerings into areas related to PCR, gene expression, sample preparation for next generation sequencing, synthetic biology, glycobiology, epigenetics and RNA analysis. Additionally, NEB is focused on strengthening alliances that enable new technologies to reach key market sectors, including molecular diagnostics development. New England Biolabs is a privately held company, headquartered in Ipswich, MA, and has extensive worldwide distribution through a network of exclusive distributors, agents and seven subsidiaries located in Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore and the UK. For more information about New England Biolabs visit www.neb.com.

Silver Sponsors

  • Promega

We are pleased to recognize the following sponsors of iGEM 2020:

Special Offers for iGEM Teams

We are proud to announce our Partner Special Offers and Team Grant opportunities for iGEM 2020. Check back often for the latest funding opportunities, offers and discounts for iGEM teams!

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