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Startup Genome Designs to Create Tools, Provide Services for Functional Annotation of Genomes

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Researchers formerly with Argonne National Lab, the National Center for Biotechnology Information, Integrated Genomics, and Ariadne have founded a new startup that will focus on functional annotation of next-generation sequencing projects.

Genome Designs plans to launch products and offer services for functional annotation, metabolic reconstruction, and engineering. Additionally, it will license its metabolic designs to bioproduction, food and pharmaceutical companies.

The company's headquarters are in Walnut Creek, Calif., and it also has offices in Naperville, Ill., and Moscow, Russia. Natalia Alexandrova will be the company's CEO. She was previously the marketing director at Ariadne Genomics. Evgeni Selkov, who is joining the company from Argonne National Laboratory, will serve as chief scientific officer.

The company recently received an undisclosed amount of seed financing from undisclosed investors.

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