Ginkgo Bioworks acquires Adaptive Laboratory Evolution Company Altar

BOSTON, October 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Ginkgo Bioworks (NYSE:DNA), the leading horizontal cell programming platform, today announced the complementary acquisition of Altar, a French biotechnology company that has developed a proprietary platform for adaptive evolution. A fleet of Altar’s Adaptive Laboratory Evolution (ALE) automated instruments will be integrated into Ginkgo’s Foundry to serve customers in food and beverage, biofuels, biomaterials, cosmetics, healthcare animal and human health, among others. Ginkgo has worked successfully with Altar on client programs and is delighted to welcome them to the team.

Despite immense advances in rational genome editing and high-throughput testing of engineered strains over the past decade, it often remains difficult to create microorganisms that meet target specifications under economically relevant conditions. industrial due to the complexity and unknowns of the underlying genetics. For the development of certain phenotypes, such as those based on enhanced growth under normally adverse conditions, ALE can be a powerful approach to address this challenge. By incorporating Altar’s ALE platform with the engineering capabilities of existing Ginkgo strains, Ginkgo expects to be able to routinely engineer target phenotypes that can be selected based on their enhanced growth properties in defined process conditions, such as in the presence of otherwise inhibiting concentrations of a target end product or excessively high temperatures. Selected strains from these ALE-based selections will then be characterized and validated against Ginkgo’s existing suite of testing workflows.

“As the range of programs we work on continues to expand, it is imperative that we have the best tools for rational design as well as the ability to leverage the inherent diversity and creativity that emerges from evolving processes. “, said Nikos Reppa, Senior Director, Foundry Technology at Ginkgo Bioworks. “We are delighted to welcome the Altar team to Ginkgo and look forward to integrating Altar technology into Ginkgo’s suite of offerings to better serve existing and future customers.”

“We founded Altar to increase feasibility and reduce time to market for bio-manufactured products,” said Simon Trancart, CEO of Altar. “We’ve been working with Ginkgo for a few years now, and we’re excited to join the Ginkgo Platform as we strive to accomplish our mission on an even larger scale by collectively using biology to drive innovation across all sectors.” »

About the altar

Altar specializes in the development of microorganisms for industrial applications. Altar’s technology, developed in collaboration with the Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), automates the adaptive evolution of the laboratory and offers a unique ability to adapt microorganisms to the conditions required by manufacturers. for their competitive use on a commercial scale. Altar has benefited from the support of the European Commission through the EIC Accelerator Pilot funding programme. For more information, visit

About Ginkgo Bioworks

Ginkgo is building a platform to allow customers to program cells as easily as we can program computers. The Company’s platform enables biotechnology applications in various markets, from food and agriculture to industrial chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Ginkgo has also actively supported a number of COVID-19 response efforts, including K-12 pooled testing, vaccine manufacturing optimization, and therapy discovery. For more information, visit

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