Ginkgo Bioworks and the Rwanda Improvement Board Announce Plans to Develop and Implement New Biosecurity Capabilities in Rwanda

Revealed: Aug. 11, 2022 at 1:00 AM HST|Up to date: 23 minutes in the past

Collaboration goals to leverage progressive biosecurity capabilities to advertise international well being safety and speed up the event of the regional bioeconomy

BOSTON and KIGALI, Rwanda, Aug. 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Ginkgo Bioworks (NYSE: DNA), the main horizontal platform for cell programming, and the Rwanda Improvement Board (“RDB”), representing the federal government of the Republic of Rwandaright this moment introduced that they’ve entered right into a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with the intent of growing and implementing new biosecurity capabilities in Rwanda.

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The preliminary aim of the deliberate partnership is to assist Rwanda’s public well being establishments as they work to deal with biosecurity challenges within the area. Ginkgo, via its biosecurity and public well being initiative, Concentric by Ginkgo (“Concentric”), plans to collaborate on the bottom with RDB to equip these establishments with biosecurity instruments and coaching in addition to the safe knowledge infrastructure they should leverage automation, knowledge evaluation, bioinformatics capabilities, and different vital genomic sequencing applied sciences.

Concentric leverages a nationwide laboratory community to supply pathogen monitoring capabilities throughout 1000’s of web sites within the US, together with colleges, airports, and different congregate settings. Concentric goals to construct sustainable international biosecurity infrastructure to organize for the following new variant or novel pathogen, and this deliberate partnership with RDB is a big milestone in its worldwide growth because it continues to scale its biosecurity providing.

RDB, a Rwandan authorities establishment, was established in 2008 to speed up Rwanda’s financial improvement by enabling non-public sector progress. Ginkgo will construct relationships with Rwandan public well being establishments and personal sector-led biotechnology initiatives in Rwanda; the RDB will contribute experience in abilities improvement and on-the-ground assist for the partnership.

Concentric and RDB acknowledge the significance of worldwide collaboration and cooperation to advertise international well being safety as organic threats emerge. Efficient pathogen monitoring and knowledge sharing capabilities can empower authorities officers, neighborhood leaders, and different stakeholders to make knowledgeable public well being choices. Within the long-term, these capabilities can be leveraged to type the muse for a sustainable regional bioeconomy. For instance, within the context of this MOU, Ginkgo and RDB plan to collaborate to tell workforce improvement priorities within the areas of biotechnology, biomanufacturing, and bioengineering, and to discover potential alternatives for Rwanda to leverage its biodiversity as a basis for innovation inside its bioeconomy.

“The way forward for biosecurity is international—COVID-19 has proven us all that pathogens do not acknowledge nationwide borders. To organize for the following organic risk, we want the infrastructure in place to construct a world climate map monitoring the unfold and evolution of infectious ailments,” mentioned Matt McKnight, Basic Supervisor, Biosecurity at Ginkgo Bioworks. “We deeply respect Rwanda’s management working to outline a brand new period of biosecurity, and we’re extremely excited to make use of our platform to assist Rwanda’s public well being establishments with vital capabilities that we imagine will assist them face challenges starting from this pandemic to agricultural and journey biosecurity.”

Clare Akamanzi, Chief Govt Officer of the Rwanda Improvement Board, famous, “The COVID-19 pandemic has uncovered the necessity for sturdy public well being and biotechnology infrastructure in Rwanda and world wide. We’re enthusiastic about our plans to companion with Ginkgo to carry cutting-edge biosecurity capabilities to Rwanda throughout varied sectors together with well being and agriculture. We imagine this may stimulate our rising bioeconomy and assist us study extra about our biodiversity.”

Ginkgo is constructing a platform to allow clients to program cells as simply as we will program computer systems. The corporate’s platform is enabling biotechnology functions throughout numerous markets, from meals and agriculture to industrial chemical compounds to prescription drugs. Ginkgo has additionally actively supported numerous COVID-19 response efforts, together with Okay-12 pooled testing, vaccine manufacturing optimization and therapeutics discovery. For extra data, go to www.ginkgobioworks.com.

Concerning the Rwanda Improvement Board

The Rwanda Improvement Board is a authorities company chargeable for main the nation’s transformation right into a dynamic international hub for enterprise, funding, tourism and innovation. Its mission is to fast-track financial improvement in Rwanda by enabling non-public sector progress. For extra data go to www.rdb.rw.

Ahead-Trying Statements of Ginkgo Bioworks

This press launch incorporates sure forward-looking statements throughout the which means of the federal securities legal guidelines, together with statements relating to the potential success of the partnership and Ginkgo’s biosecurity platform. These forward-looking statements are typically recognized by the phrases “imagine,” “can,” “challenge,” “potential,” “count on,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “intend,” “technique,” “future, ” “alternative,” “plan,” “might,” “ought to,” “will,” “would,” “shall be,” “will proceed,” “will seemingly end result,” and comparable expressions. Ahead-looking statements are predictions, projections and different statements about future occasions which can be based mostly on present expectations and assumptions and, consequently, are topic to dangers and uncertainties. Many elements might trigger precise future occasions to vary materially from the forward-looking statements on this press launch, together with however not restricted to: (i) the impact of Ginkgo’s enterprise mixture with Hovering Eagle Acquisition Corp. (“Hovering Eagle”) on Ginkgo’s enterprise relationships, efficiency, and enterprise typically, (ii) dangers that the enterprise mixture disrupts present plans of Ginkgo and potential difficulties in Ginkgo’s worker retention, (iii) the result of any authorized proceedings which may be instituted in opposition to Ginkgo associated to its enterprise mixture with Hovering Eagle, (iv) volatility within the value of Ginkgo’s securities now that it’s a public firm attributable to a wide range of elements, together with modifications within the aggressive and extremely regulated industries during which Ginkgo operates and plans to function, variations in efficiency throughout rivals, modifications in legal guidelines and rules affecting Ginkgo’s enterprise and modifications within the mixed capital construction, (v) the power to implement enterprise plans, forecasts, and different expectations after the completion of the enterprise mixture, and determine and understand further alternatives, (vi) the danger of downturns in demand for merchandise utilizing artificial biology, (v ii) the unpredictability of the length of the COVID-19 pandemic and the demand for COVID-19 testing and the business viability of our COVID-19 testing enterprise, (viii) modifications to the biosecurity trade, together with attributable to developments in know-how, rising competitors and evolution in trade calls for, requirements and rules, and (ix) our potential to shut and understand the anticipated advantages of pending merger and acquisition transactions. The foregoing listing of things will not be exhaustive. You must rigorously take into account the foregoing elements and the opposite dangers and uncertainties described within the “Danger Elements” part of Ginkgo’s quarterly report on Type 10-Q filed with the US Securities and Alternate Fee (the “SEC”) on Could 16, 2022 and different paperwork filed by Ginkgo every now and then with the SEC. These filings determine and tackle different essential dangers and uncertainties that might trigger precise occasions and outcomes to vary materially from these contained within the forward-looking statements. Ahead-looking statements converse solely as of the date they’re made. Readers are cautioned to not put undue reliance on forward-looking statements, and Ginkgo assumes no obligation and doesn’t intend to replace or revise these forward-looking statements, whether or not on account of new data, future occasions, or in any other case. Ginkgo doesn’t give any assurance that it’ll obtain its expectations.

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