Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT) is there when you need
some genetic materials in a pinch. The company supplies
oligonucleotides (oligos), which are essentially short strands
of DNA and RNA, to research and development entities. Oligos
are used to develop new drugs, create diagnostic tests for
genetic and infectious diseases, and develop agricultural products.
IDT makes custom strands using chemical DNA synthesis machines that
can create the oligos within a day after the company has received
an order. Founded in 1987, IDT has offices in the US, UK, Germany,
Belgium, and Singapore; it distributes to researchers and other
customers in Asia, Europe, the Americas, and the Middle
The company works to increase its manufacturing capability and
geographic reach through acquisitions. In 2013 it bolstered its
presence in Asia after purchasing the oligonucleotide business of
Singapore-based 1st BASE Pte. Ltd. The acquisition allows IDT to
provide locally produced oligos to scientists in the region through
its synthesis facility.
The company also partners with other biotechnology companies to
develop and produce new DNA materials. Recent partners have
included Quanta Biosciences, Glycon Pty Ltd., RainDance
Technologies, and SGI-DNA.
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