Biotech firm ToolGen opens research center

ToolGen Inc., a South Korean biotech company, opened a research and development (R&D) center to step up its development of gene editing technology, company officials said Friday.

The center, located in the city of Cheongju, is equipped with cutting-edge facilities to study seed development, including a walk-in chamber and a speed breeding chamber.

ToolGen is South Korea's only company that owns a patent for the CRISPR-Cas9 foundational technology.

Developed in 2012, CRISPR-Cas9 is a gene editing technology that allows the highly specific and rapid modification of DNA in a genome, following earlier gene editing techniques of Zinc Finger (ZFN) and Transcription Activator-Like Effector Nucleases.

"The R&D center will become an outpost for the company's global business, including an expansion of business, technology transfer and sales," ToolGen CEO Lee Byong-hwa said.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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