In 2018, Promega became a Partner Sponsor of the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition following the initiatives taken by many global Promega branches over the last several years to support iGEM teams in their own countries. This annual competition encourages the advancement of synthetic biology, education and collaboration as multidisciplinary teams of high school and university students from around the world design, build, test and measure a system of their own creation using interchangeable biological parts and standard molecular biology techniques.
Promega awarded $2,000 corporate sponsorships to ten international teams competing in the 2018 iGEM competition. Promega branches and distributors in Spain, Singapore, France, Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands sponsored a total of 16 additional teams. Moreover, Promega provided technical support and informational resources such as “iGEM Crash Course: Ask the Experts” webinars for all iGEM teams globally.
The competition culminates with the iGEM Jamboree where the global teams gather to share their work with all the iGEM team representatives, fostering scientific connections among the teams.