The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition is the largest competition of students in the field of synthetic biology. Every Spring since 2004, interdisciplinary teams from all over the world are formed who design and build biological systems that address a pressing environmental, scientific or societal need. They all have one goal, receiving one the Gold Medals at the Giant Jamboree held in Boston, MA in October.

Daicel Arbor Biosciences identifies with the hard work, passion and heart that all participating students put into their projects. By connecting with young professionals training to be the next generation of scientists and innovators, we recognize their commitment to improve and develop the scientific world.

We are proud to support the following iGEM Teams in this years’ competition with our versatile myTXTL® Cell-Free Expression platform. Visit their team pages to learn more about their insightful projects.

2020 Sponsored Teams

Team FDR Peru

Project Title: Fishing for Cadmium
Our collaborator, TASA, the worldwide leader in the fishing industry, dilutes fish meal batches exceeding the 2 ppm export limit. This is a costly, time¬consuming and non-eco-friendly process. We aim to make a Cell-free Cadmium-sensor that we can freeze-dry to make a dipstick for the fishermen to use on anchovies/fish meal early in the production process; saving money, time, resources and reducing plastic waste.
FDR-HB Peru Team


Project title: Locust Crisis

Our mission is to tackle the locust crisis by developing a sustainable bio¬pesticide through responsible innovation and collaboration. By doing this, we aim for food security and economic stability across the globe to achieve a brighter future for all.

Team Phocus

Team Rochester
Project title: Under-Diagnosis of Endometriosis
Our team’s project for this year is tackling the underdiagnosis of endometriosis. Endometriosis is a common chronic disease, affecting an approximate 10% of reproductive aged women worldwide. Endometriosis is characterized by abnormal growth of uterine-like tissue outside of the uterus and can cause severe pelvic pain, menstrual cramps and can lead to infertility. Despite its high prevalence and severity, methods of diagnosis and education on endometriosis is severely lacking, which we aim to tackle with a non-invasive and fast diagnostic assay, as well as with our endometriosis education campaign. You can follow the details and updates on our progress at Team Rochester.
Team Rochester

The iCEM grant sponsorship from Daicel Arbor Biosciences is now closed. Due to the current restructuring in academic environments, myTXTL will continue to offer students a 50% discount promo (shipping fees apply) for all participating teams using #iGEM2020AB. Please supply your team name when inquiring for a quote or submitting an order.
A list of eligible products are listed below. All products are available with free technical support from our experienced scientists as well as free shipping. For technical support, please email

This discount is available until October l, 2020. Terms and conditions apply.

Products Eligible for iGEM 2020 Promotion:
myTXTL ® – Cell-Free Expression System
Sigma 70 Master Mix Kit
GamS Nuclease Inhibitor Protein
Linear DNA Expression Kit
T7 Expression Kit
HP Plasmids
Toolbox Plasmid Collection