A computational synthetic biology company


At 20n, we use algorithms to engineer microbes. Specifically, our algorithms engineer microbes to make chemicals. Like yeast produces alcohol during beer brewing, our engineered microbes will produce chemicals with therapeutic health and industrial biotech applications.

The best illustration of this DARPA-backed technology is the bacteria we engineered to produce Paracetamol (also known as acetaminophen, and sold under the brand name Tylenol). Aside from our bacteria, there is no known natural way of producing acetaminophen. We are building data mining technology that will allow us to enable the bioproduction of a whole spectrum of valuable molecules. Below is the map of every chemical that can be made biologically, as discovered by 20n's algorithms.

What's in a name?

20 is the number of standard amino acids specified by the universal genetic code. Proteins are composed of amino acids sequences with median length in the n = 300 to 500 range. 20n is the set we get to play with.

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