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Sigma-Aldrich Corporation. (12/4/14). "Press Release: Sigma-Aldrich Life Sciences Licenses Foundational CRISPR Patents from Broad Institute". St. Louis, MO.

Organisations Organisation Sigma-Aldrich Corporation (Nasdaq: SIAL)
  Group Merck (DE) (Group)
  Organisation 2 Broad Institute (MIT / Harvard)
  Group MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Products Product CRISPR gene editing technology
  Product 2 MISSION™ TRC shRNA human and mouse libraries
Index term Index term Sigma-Aldrich–MIT: CRISPR technology, 201412– non-excl license to foundational CRISPR patents from Broad Institute
Person Person Yousaf, Shaf (Sigma-Aldrich 201412 VP Tech + BusDev before Life Technologies + Applied Biosystems + Sigma-Aldrich)

Sigma-Aldrich® Corporation (NASDAQ: SIAL), today announced that Sigma® Life Science, its innovative biological products and services business, has entered into a non-exclusive agreement for the use of CRISPR/Cas technology covered under patents held by the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Under the agreement, Sigma-Aldrich is able to make, use and distribute the advanced gene editing tools for numerous research applications, including the generation of modified plant and animal models, custom cell line creation and for CRISPR/Cas arrayed and pooled genetic screening.

"This is an important step in our long-running research partnership with the Broad Institute," said Shaf Yousaf, Vice President of Technology & Business Development. "We share the Broad's passion for leading the way in research with new ideas and tools. Sigma-Aldrich's scientists have been developing genome editing reagents for years, and have been using them in our own labs to make custom cell lines for everything from cancer drug screens to ADME-Tox assays. As both the maker and user of these reagents, Sigma-Aldrich offers a tremendous amount of expertise for guiding our customers."

This Agreement enables Sigma-Aldrich to pair its lentiviral manufacturing core competency and genome editing expertise with CRISPR to create the next generation of screening tools: pre-designed or customizable individual lentiviral CRISPR clones and off-the-shelf or custom lentiviral CRISPR pools. The Company's first off-the-shelf offering is a collection of clones targeting the human kinome, a significant group of genes that are commonly involved in cancer and development.

"Scientists who have screened with RNAi knockdown in the past can now quickly and easily validate their results with a CRISPR knockout experiment. This represents a specific advantage for screening small molecules as potential anti-cancer therapeutics in the drug discovery workflow," said Yousaf.

Sigma-Aldrich is also the exclusive distributor of the Broad Institute's complete Mission® shRNA and ORF libraries.

About Sigma-Aldrich:

Sigma-Aldrich, a leading Life Science and High Technology company focused on enhancing human health and safety, manufactures and distributes more than 230,000 chemicals, biochemicals and other essential products to more than 1.4 million customers globally in research and applied labs as well as in industrial and commercial markets. With three distinct business units - Research, Applied and SAFC Commercial - Sigma-Aldrich is committed to enabling science to improve the quality of life. The Company operates in 37 countries, has more than 9,000 employees worldwide and had sales of $2.7 billion in 2013. For more information about Sigma-Aldrich, please visit its website at

Sigma-Aldrich,Sigma, and MISSION are registered trademarks of Sigma-Aldrich Co. LLC

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