What we do.
Conagen’s biologists and fermentation engineers discover and design new metabolic pathways to the novel and continually improved products we deliver to our customers. We discover how nature makes its best products through progressive synthetic biology methods.
Our scientists and engineers—leaders in synthetic biology—have an unparalleled understanding of metabolic processes inside living cells, and excel at designing biology. Our continuous investigation and innovation has resulted in the development of dozens of proprietary technologies to make over 30 small molecule natural products and counting.
Conagen drives the manufacturing of our products to world-scale. We design strains to produce what our partners need, using the latest high-throughput automated systems, novel fermentation, and enzymatic conversion technologies, while adhering to the highest level of quality control throughout. The unique approaches our scientists and engineers apply to solving problems are how Conagen makes impossible possible.
STRAIN DEVELOPMENT & METABOLIC PATHWAY ENGINEERING
Conagen’s scientists and engineers use modern synthetic biology tools to develop novel, renewable, bio-based production platforms. To date, Conagen has more than 15 different platform organisms for microbial strain development, designed using molecular biology and proprietary fermentation techniques.
FERMENTATION PROCESS DEVELOPMENT
As a comprehensive bio-manufacturer, Conagen’s experience and team make our biological process development unique in several key ways that deliver scale and speed to market. Our engineers have processed strains more than 30 times for commercial scale production.
ANALYTICAL AND EXTRACTION CHEMISTRY
Conagen dives deep into plant biology to uncover metabolic pathways in nature. Our analytical and extraction chemistry lab employs top-on-the-line instruments and methods to identify and extract the substances needed for our synthetic biology engineers.
COMMERCIAL-SCALE MICROBIAL FERMENTATION
From lab scale to pilot plant fermenting to commercial-scale microbial fermentation, Conagen can take our products from microliters to metric tons. Our manufacturing capabilities enable us to scale up with high throughput, accuracy, and purity.
LABORATORY ROBOTICS & AUTOMATION
Conagen deploys custom-built laboratory robotics and automation, used in DNA construction and liquid handling. Robotic automation enables our team to screen through hundreds of thousands of samples and microbial strains daily with a high level of precision.