Monday, October 22, 2007

Codon Devices Awarded $1.5 Million Grant by National Institute of Standards and Technology

Codon Devices, Inc., the Constructive Biology Company™, today announced that it has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

With the support of the grant, Codon Devices will develop an integrated microfluidics platform to significantly reduce the cost and complexity of building complex DNA fragments. This platform will advance the state of the art in gene synthesis to improve the utility of synthetic biology approaches for biotechnology research.

"We are thrilled that NIST has recognized Codon Devices with this ATP award,” said Brian M. Baynes, Founder and President of Codon Devices. “Funding from this initiative will enable us to develop a new generation of rapid, automated systems for construction of longer, more complex DNA sequences. By integrating this technology with our BioFAB™ Production Platform, we will make these new tools available to our customers and partners and accelerate critical applications such as drug discovery and development of renewable energy systems.”

The NIST award was granted under the Agency’s Advanced Technology Program (ATP). Awarded projects were selected for funding by a competitive, peer-reviewed process that evaluated the scientific and technical merit of each proposal and the potential for broad-based benefits to the nation. NIST promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.

About Codon Devices

Codon Devices, Inc., based in Cambridge, MA, is a privately-held biotechnology company focused on enabling commercial applications of synthetic biology. Codon Devices' proprietary synthesis and design technologies improve the productivity of its industrial, pharmaceutical and academic customers in a paradigm shift to what the Company calls Constructive Biology™. The Company's focus is on developing and delivering high-value products and design services in a variety of application areas, including engineered gene libraries, engineered cells that produce novel pharmaceuticals, improved vaccines, agricultural products, and biorefineries for the production of industrial chemicals and energy. Codon Devices' BioFAB™ Production Platform uses sophisticated informatics, robotics and sequencing technologies to accurately synthesize genetic codes orders of magnitude more rapidly and cost-effectively than other currently available technology. More information about Codon Devices is available at

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