IDT opens molecular biology research facility in Redwood City


Dr Caifu Chen to lead new product development at California site

Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT), a leader in custom nucleic acid synthesis, has opened a new Centre of Excellence in Redwood City, California, US to house its research and development of a broader range of validated molecular biology products. The 8000ft2 building houses state-of-the-art labs that will allow IDT scientists to maximise the company’s world-class custom oligonucleotide manufacturing capability.

This new R&D Centre of Excellence keeps IDT at the cutting edge of innovation in molecular biology applications, particularly qPCR, next generation sequencing (NGS) and synthetic biology (SynBio). ‘For years we’ve focused on enabling research,’ said Stephen Gunstream, Chief Commercial Officer. ‘Redwood City takes that mission to the next level. Now, in addition to our traditional offerings, we will be able to develop complete workflow solutions for cutting edge applications.’

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To lead Redwood City’s Product Development Team, Dr Caifu Chen has joined the company as Senior Vice President for Research and Development. Dr Chen has 25 years of genomics research experience in the academic and biotech sectors, particularly in developing qPCR- and NGS-based assay products for research and diagnostics applications.