MOgene and Intuitive Genomics partner on genome services
MOgene LC, which provides genomics services to researchers, has formed a partnership with fellow BRDG Park tenant Intuitive Genomics Inc., a biosciences company that analyzes genome data for private and public research institutions.
Through joint projects, the goal is to expand bioinformatics capabilities and serve joint clients, according to Shaukat Rangwala, MOgene’s senior vice president and a former molecular biologist at Monsanto for 19 years.
Founded in 2004, MOgene provides genomic solutions for agriculture, food and industrial markets. After launching at the Nidus Center for Scientific Enterprises, MOgene in 2009 expanded to 1,600 square feet of lab space at IT Enterprises, the University of Missouri-St. Louis'' business incubator near Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. MOgene moved into a 5,000-square-foot space at BRDG Park in March 2012.
Customers include Washington University, Harvard, Yale, Monsanto Co., Sigma-Aldrich, Pfizer Corp., Orion Genomics, Abraxis and Divergence. MOgene has 10 employees and last year had $2 million in revenue. Rangwala projected a 20 percent increase in 2013.
MOgene and Intuitive Genomics first partnered in 2010 and currently have five joint projects in the works.
Intuitive Genomics has three full-time employees and the company’s monthly workload includes, on average, more than half a dozen large projects worth $10,000 or more. “We’ve had an influx of new business, somewhat as a result of this partnership,” said Doug Bryant, co-founder and chief technology officer of Intuitive Genomics. Bryant is also a researcher at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, working in the lab of Todd Mockler, who is Intuitive Genomics’ chief scientific officer.
Intuitive Genomics moved to BRDG Park in 2011.
“Whereas a customer might have to do half of the project on their own — either sequencing or the informatics — partnering with MOgene,” Bryant said, “allows us to offer the customer a wholistic approach.”