The Defense Threat Reduction Agency's (DTRA) Joint Science and Technology Office (JSTO) for the Chemical and Biological Defense (CBD) Program has awarded, through the Medical CBRN [Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear] Defense Consortium (MCDC) requirement 22-05, "Adjuvant Activity to Vaccines Prototype," a 5-year contract totaling up to $31 million including program options to the team of Ginkgo Bioworks, Inc. (NYSE: DNA) and SaponiQx, Inc. (a subsidiary of Agenus Inc., NASDAQ:AGEN)
Ginkgo Bioworks (NYSE: DNA), which is building the leading platform for cell programming and biosecurity, hosted members of Congress focused on strengthening the U.S. bioeconomy in service of national and economic security yesterday. Ginkgo provided a tour of its expansive facility and discussed its unique position as a provider of services that facilitate applications of biotechnology in companies of all sizes across the economy.
Light Bio, an innovative synthetic biology startup, today announced that it is beginning to sell its groundbreaking bioluminescent petunias in the United States. With support from notable biotech leaders such as NFX and Ginkgo Bioworks (NYSE: DNA), Light Bio is reimagining the horticultural industry by introducing a new category of plants that emit an ethereal glow to enrich homes, gardens, and public spaces.