It’s still a fairly small and young company, but Proligo, with joint offices in Hamburg, Germany, and Boulder, Colo., has already declared itself indispensable in the genomics arena. With key patents in DNA synthesis, the company is a virtual gatekeeper for people looking to make primers or any other strings of As, Cs, Ts, and Gs. “We manufacture those monomers … at a multi-ton level,” says Wolfgang Pieken, president and CEO.

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