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Zymergen Expands Agreement with Octant to Scale Next-Generation Drug Discovery Platform

Friday, July 15, 2022

Zymergen Inc., announced it has expanded its agreement with Octant to further scale their next-generation platform to develop breakthrough medicines. In May, Octant purchased five Reconfigurable Automation Carts, or RACs, to improve the throughput, efficiency, and reliability of operations for its existing platform. Octant has now more than doubled its initial investment through the purchase of an additional six RAC units, vastly increasing the system’s throughput, capabilities, and ability to run complex workflows.

“We’ve been extremely pleased with the performance of our current RAC System and are looking forward to expanding the system’s capabilities in Stage 2,” said Sri Kosuri, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Octant. “We’re confident that this next stage will deliver capabilities to accelerate the growth of our platform and advance our mission to develop life-changing medicines for some of the world’s most challenging diseases.”

“We are thrilled with the expansion of Octant’s RAC System and with the success of their Stage 1 System thus far,” said Will Serber, Zymergen’s Head of Automation. “It’s been an incredible journey to watch this technology develop internally at Zymergen and even more rewarding to now see it outside of Zymergen, supporting other companies’ missions.”

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