NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Genetic engineering company Intrexon has raised $25 million in equity financing, according to a form filed this week with the SEC.

Intrexon, formerly known as Genomatix, is based in Blacksburg, Va., and uses modular DNA control systems to enhance capabilities, improve safety, and lower cost in human therapeutics, protein production, industrial enzymes, and agriculture, according to the company's website.

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