NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Benchling announced yesterday that it has raised $7 million in a private financing round led by Thrive Capital with participation from existing investor Andreessen Horowitz and angel investors Errik Anderson and Ashton Kutcher.

The digital lab notebook software company said it would use the funding to further invest in its products — which include a design tool for CRISPR guide RNAs and a bioregistry for tracking biological entities — as well as to scale its scientific operations.

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