Genetika → About us
State Research Institute of Genetics and Selection of Industrial Microorganisms («Genetika») is a recognized leader in biotechnology research in Russia. Genetika is one of the recognized leaders in the development of fundamentals in genetics of industrial microorganisms. Our works in the field of genetics of actinomycetes, bacilli, methylotrophic bacteria and yeasts are well known by specialists all over the world. Since its inception in 1968, Genetika has been on the forefront of microbiological research and development, with the strong focus towards creating industrial applications. Technologies developed at Genetika, have been successfully implemented in a wide variety of biotechnology-based industrial processes, first in Soviet Union, and later in Russia and other countries, in cooperation with leading multinational manufacturers. These applications included production of amino acids, nucleotides, vitamins, antibiotics, recombinant proteins and enzymes, organic acids and solvents, biocatalysts, biological pesticides, and other types of compounds.
More recently, in addition to the industrial biotechnology applications, Genetika has expanded its research and development into biopharmaceuticals, due to the targeted governmental and private financing programs aimed at supporting and expanding the emerging pharmaceutical industry in Russia.
Education and teaching has always been an important part of the Institute’s activities over the years. Hundreds of graduate students and postdocs have started their scientific careers at Genetika, and many new join the Institute’s research programs every year.
Genetika is the home of Russian National Collection of Industrial Microorganisms (VKPM) – the biggest collection of this type in the country. It boasts ca. 17000 strains of different bacterial, yeast and fungal species. VKPM is conducting a number of research and contract-based projects on isolation of strains with new industrially valuable properties, identification and cloning of specific genes, developing microbial overproducers using selection and genetic engineering approaches.
Currently, there are more than 100 Ph.D. scientists working at the Institute, with the total number of scientific, support and administrative personnel reaching 250. The research activities of the Institute are distributed within sixteen laboratories and supported by the Analytical Core Facility. Genetika is also hosting the Editorial Committee of the leading Russian language “Biotechnology” journal.
Genetika financing comes from various sources, both Russian and international, including governmental grants and contracts for innovative biotechnological projects, royalties from commercialized industrial processes, and contract and service work.
Broadly, major areas of expertise at Genetika include:
• Cell metabolites:
Technologies already developed, or approaching the final stages of development, and available for transfer:
Areas of basic research currently underway at Genetika: