Ginkgo BioWorks picks up antibiotics effort with Roche where Warp Drive Bio left off
When Revolution Medicines absorbed fellow Third Rock startup Warp Drive Bio into its operations last October — then newly transitioned from antifungal to oncology — the exec team was still reviewing options for the genome mining platform, which was the subject of a deal with Roche.
They found a buyer in Ginkgo BioWorks, a specialist in engineering customized microbes that has so far focused on food and agriculture. The Boston-based company plans to integrate Warp Drive’s database of microbial genome, as well as its search engine, with its own tech in pursuit of new classes of antibiotics. Financials were not disclosed.
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