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Corning Incorporated

Corning Incorporated is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. Drawing on more than 160 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Corning creates and makes keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences. Corning graciously supported our team through donations of laboratory supplies and has been a strong supporter of Cornell iGEM for the past four years.


Geneious is a DNA, RNA and protein sequence alignment, assembly and analysis software platform, integrating bioinformatic and molecular biology tools into a simple interface. We thank Geneious for their donated software which helped us design primers and plan our cloning.


Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (FCX) is a leading international natural resources company with headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. FCX operates large, long-lived, geographically diverse assets with significant proven and probable reserves of copper, gold, molybdenum, cobalt, oil and natural gas. FCX has a dynamic portfolio of operating, expansion and growth projects in the copper industry. FCX is also the world’s largest producer of molybdenum and a significant gold, oil and natural gas producer. We thank FCX for supporting our research this year.


SnapGene offers molecular biology software that offers a fast and easy way to plan, visualize, and document molecular biology procedures. The team would like to thank Snapgene for providing us with licenses that we have used to help visualize our genetic constructs.


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 their establishment in 2002, GenScript has exponentially grown to become a global leading Contract Research Organization that provide services and products to scientists in 86 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. We thank Genscript for their cloning services to help us realize our research goals.


Located in Cambridge, MA, NeoBioLab is a dedicated biology service provider and partner, providing innovative solutions to molecular and cellular biology, in vivo experiments, and drug screening services. We thank NeoBioLabs for supporting our research.

New England Biolabs

Founded in the mid-1970s as a collective of scientists committed to developing innovative products for the life sciences industry, New England Biolabs is now a recognized world leader in the discovery, development and commercialization of recombinant and native enzymes for genomic research. The team is grateful for NEB sponsorship of the iGEM competition, which has provided teams with the BioBrick® Assembly Kit and other products such as DNA ladders and enzymes.


Avantor™ Performance Materials manufactures and markets high-performance chemistries around the world. Avantor's products are used in academic, industry and quality control laboratories for research, and they are used in the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals, medical diagnostic processes and electronics, including semiconductors and LED units. We thank Avantor for providing molecular biology products for our research this year.

Bio Basic

Bio Basic Inc. is a privately owned dynamic biotechnology company. The company was founded in 1990 in Toronto, Canada. From 1990 to 1995, Bio Basic Inc.’s primary focus was in the field of biochemicals. Starting in 1995, Bio Basic Inc. began manufacturing various Life Science Products. Over the past two decades, the company has developed rapidly and now serves as a one-stop-shop to researchers in the life sciences field. To date, Bio Basic Inc. has approximately 600 employees, seven laboratories, three factory buildings, 40 international distributors and over 10,000 customers worldwide. The team is grateful for Bio Basic's molecular biology services.

Life Technologies

As a part of Thermo Fisher Scientific, Life Technologies believes in the power of science to transform lives. To support scientists worldwide, we offer high-quality, innovative life science solutions—from everyday essentials to instruments—for every lab, every application. The team is grateful for Life Technologies's molecular biology product donations.

Thermo Fisher Scientific

The mission of Thermo Fisher Scientific is to enable their customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. They help their customers accelerate life sciences research, solve complex analytical challenges, improve patient diagnostics and increase laboratory productivity. Through their four premier brands – Thermo Scientific, Life Technologies, Fisher Scientific and Unity Lab Services – they offer an unmatched combination of innovative technologies, purchasing convenience and comprehensive support. We thank ThermoFisher for the donation of research materials.

5 Prime

Founded in 2006 by a team of life science enthusiasts, 5 PRIME combines an American sense of entrepreneurship with a German commitment to quality. Their mission is to become a leading source for high quality molecular biology products. 5 PRIME is focusing on the key areas of molecular biology, offering a broad portfolio of more than 250 high quality products that can provide a full solution for all steps from genes to pure proteins. The team is grateful for 5 Prime's support in molecular biology products.

Nexcelom Bioscience

In 2003, the founders of Nexcelom introduced the CP2, a convenient tool to assist with manual cell counting. Since then, Nexcelom has expanded the product range to accommodate researchers analyzing small cells, primary cells, and researchers looking to perform cell-based assays. With multiple patents pending, Nexcelom is a clear leader and innovator in the field of image-based cytometry for cell analysis. We would like to thank Nexcelom Bioscience for supporting our project.


VWR provides an expansive choice of premiere products, such as chemicals, furniture, equipment, instruments, apparel and consumables, to the world's top pharmaceutical, biotech, industrial, educational, governmental, and healthcare organizations. VWR has generously supported Cornell iGEM with necessary research supplies.

Hardy Diagnostics

Hardy Diagnostics manufactures culture media, and rapid identification kits for microbiological testing in clinical, research, and industrial laboratories. The team is grateful for Hardy Diagnostic's support in molecular biology products.

Alfa Aesar

Part of the Johnson Matthey group of companies, Alfa Aesar is a leading manufacturer and supplier of research chemicals, metals and materials in a wide span of applications. For more than 50 years, scientists have relied on Alfa Aesar to supply high purity raw materials for a variety of research and development applications. Today they offer over 45,000 products in stock, in sizes from gram-scale catalog items to semi-bulk and bulk production quantities. With custom manufacturing capabilities to supply many more specialized items, they are a one-stop source for research chemicals, metals and materials. We thank Alfa Aesar for their molecular biology product donations.

Integrated DNA Technologies

Integrated DNA Technologies specializes in DNA synthesis, gene construction, antisense oligos, molecular beacons and a variety of molecular biology products. We thank IDT for being an official sponsor of the iGEM competition and providing teams with a discount on gene fragments.


MathWorks is the world's leading developer of technical computing software for engineers and scientists in industry, government, and education. The team thanks MathWorks for sponsoring the 2013 iGEM competition, providing software and technical support to all iGEM teams.


Starting a research project can be overwhelming. Mendeley simplifies every step in the process, from search and discovery to reading and analysis.

Cornell Institute for Biotechnology and Life Sciences Technology

The mission of Cornell’s Biotech Institute is to promote research, education and technology transfer for applications of biotechnology for the benefit of the environment, agriculture, engineering and veterinary and human medicine. We would like to thank the institute for their monetary support to the team for the purchasing of laboratory supplies and equipment.

Cornell Engineering Alumni Association

The purpose of the Cornell Engineering Alumni Association is to promote the welfare of the College of Engineering at Cornell University and its alumni, and to establish a closer relationship between the College, its students, and the alumni. We thank the Association for supporting our team's research.

Cornell College of Engineering

We would like to thank the Cornell College of Engineering for providing material, monetary, and other resources to the team. The Departments of Biological & Environmental Engineering, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, and Electrical & Computer Engineering have all provided resources and advice to the team.