GlycoSyn strikes $14 million deal with Ginkgo Bioworks to broaden the reach of its human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) platform

November 8, 2018
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by Thomas Hayes
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Just two months ago, we predicted that HMOs would be a high-growth area for prebiotics, and this event certainly supports that. After obtaining EU regulatory approval for production of 2'-fucosyllactose (2'-FL) in partnership with FrieslandCampinaGlycoSyn is looking to use this deal with Ginkgo Bioworks to lead the race against Jennewein Biotechnologie and DuPont/Inbiose to produce HMOs beyond 2'-FL. From Ginkgo's perspective, this adds a new twist to its business model – providing direct investment and foundry access to smaller companies. Assuming Ginkgo will continue doing this, clients should seek out Ginkgo as a resource to help optimize strain design for fermentation products of interest from startups and SMEs.

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