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Integrated DNA Technologies Overview

Coralville, IA
1001 to 5000 employees
1987
Company - Private
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Integrated DNA Technologies, Inc. (IDT) develops, manufactures, and markets nucleic acid products for the life sciences industry in the areas of academic research, biotechnology, agriculture, medical diagnostics, and pharmaceutical development. The company's ... Read more

Mission: Our MISSION is to deliver innovative genomic products leveraging IDT's leadership in DNA synthesis and dedication to the customer experience.

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    How IDT became a genomics advocate

    Hear about IDT's genesis from our founder, Dr Joseph Walder https://advocacy.idtdna.com/

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Integrated DNA Technologies – Why Work For Us?


Integrated DNA Technologies sells short strands of DNA called oligonucleotides. In order to better understand how these are useful, you'll have to know a bit about DNA itself.

 DNA is "the blueprint for life" and encodes instructions for all of life's processes. DNA is a complex long thin molecule (strand) that is made from 4 possible building blocks called "bases". These bases are called Adenine, Cytosine, Guanine and Thymine, and the precise order of these bases is a code for information. In living organisms, DNA strands can be millions of bases long and therefore contain huge amounts of information. This complexity is responsible for the vast complexity and diversity of life on earth.

 The way that one strand of DNA specifically binds a second strand of DNA allows scientists to use short DNA strands (oligos) as research tools. A short synthetic piece of DNA (usually around 20 bases long) can be used to bind or find its matching sequence even in a complex mixture of millions of unrelated pieces of DNA. It is this unique fact that allows researchers to decode and study the genetic makeup of any living organism.

 Using new oligo-based technologies, a revolution is underway where we are beginning to catalog the complete genetic makeup of hundreds of living things, ranging from bacteria to humans. The human genome alone contains over 3 billion bases of DNA, so projects of this kind tend to be very complex and often take years to complete.

 Scientists often start the research knowing the DNA sequence for the organism that they are interested in studying. Given a known DNA sequence, they can easily design a short oligo that can be used to perform a variety of tasks. It is this short single-stranded DNA that the researcher orders from IDT. Living systems don't discriminate DNA that is synthesized chemically from DNA taken directly from an organism, allowing researchers to use IDT's custom made oligonucleotides as if they had existed naturally.

 IDT manufactures the oligo using chemical DNA synthesis machines designed and built in-house. We've refined the process to the point where we can receive an order as late as 1:00pm and have the desired oligo in the researcher's hands the next morning. Our customers range from small university labs of only a few scientists to global pharmaceutical companies, and everything in between.


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    I worked at Integrated DNA Technologies full-time (Less than a year)

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    Loved my team and managers. Felt like I was a real asset and it made me want to work harder to impress them.

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    Only con was the slow advancement opportunities. I was trained to a scientist a level above me within a year, but couldn't be technically signed off for a longer time period.

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    My management team was amazing, I can't complain one bit with my experience. If I hadn't moved I would definitely still be there.

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Integrated DNA Technologies Interviews

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    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Integrated DNA Technologies (San Diego, CA) in April 2017.

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    Relaxed, casual, and comforting. I went in pretty nervous because this was my first interview at a biotech industry for a lab position. I was bummed out for a while, since I am a student and was applying for lab assistant-type positions for over half a year, so I really did not want to fail my interview.

    However, me being nervous was a waste of energy and the managers were great to talk to. The interview was about 50 minutes long, but only because the interview turned more into a conversation, so time went by quickly imo.

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Integrated DNA Technologies Awards & Accolades

  • Vendor of Excellence Award, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 2016
  • Top Workplace, The Des Moines Register, 2015
  • Best Places to Work, The Scientist, 2013
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