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The Bay Area DNA synthesis company said it was "not significantly affected" by the COVID-19 pandemic and beat Wall Street revenue estimates.

The firm added $50 million from Casdin Capital, Danaher Life Sciences, and Agilent Technologies to its $38.5M Series B round announced in May 2019.

The firm is offering approximately 3 million shares and said it may use a portion of the proceeds to acquire, license, or invest in complementary businesses or products.

Single-cell analysis, next-generation sequencing, and synthetic DNA have all been crucial to efforts to find antibodies that could neutralize SARS-CoV-2.

The synthetic biology firm had total revenues of $19.3 million and withdrew its financial guidance for fiscal year 2020 citing uncertainty caused by COVID-19.

The Cambridge, UK-based gene synthesis firm plans to use the funds to accelerate development of its silicon platform and introduce a desktop device.

The offering of common stock will be the second for Twist this year and the third since the company made its initial public offering in October 2018.

On a conference call to discuss the firm's fiscal Q1 financial results, Twist executives detailed the firm's vision for near- and long-term growth.

The company booked a net loss of $55.6 million, or $1.69 per share, for the quarter which included litigation settlement expenses of $22.5 million.

A hearing scheduled for Friday, part of a lawsuit filed by Agilent was cancelled, leading to speculation the sides were close to a settlement.

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