International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition

iGEM Foundation

The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of synthetic biology, education and competition, and the development of an open community and collaboration.


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 who has 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 Project
    The Open Philanthropy Project 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.
    See more about Twist Bioscience's pilot synthesis offer and details about how they're helping teams share their parts on their Partner Page.

Partner Sponsors

  • MathWorks
    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.

    As an iGEM partner, MathWorks will provide free MATLAB Software License and technical support to all iGEM teams for use in the competition that can be requested here or see the MathWorks' Partner Sponsor page to learn more. For more about MathWorks and their products, visit them at www.mathworks.com/academia.

  • Promega
    Symbiosis. At Promega, as in biology itself, we believe that mutual advancement can only be achieved by working in harmony. The best benefits we receive come from the prosperity of our communities. For us, this often means fostering education and advancement of the next generation of scientists and innovators – all of you iGEMers.

    For details on Promega's team project grant, see the Promega partner page.

  • Opentrons
    Opentrons and iGEM are excited to announce a partnership to bring the power of low-cost, open-source automation and reproducible protocols to teams shaping the future of science and engineering. Together with the work of the iGEM Measurement Committee and the Interlab Measurement Study, this partnership will allow teams to continue to advance the frontiers of measurement and reproducibility in synthetic biology.
    To find out more about this team project grant and offer, see the Opentrons partner page.

Platinum Partners


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