Inscripta® Appoints Kristala Prather, PhD to its Board of Directors

Inscripta adds a distinguished MIT Professor and synthetic biology pioneer, Dr. Kristala Prather, to the Board of Directors. 

BOULDER, CO – JANUARY 5, 2022 – Inscripta, Inc., The Digital Genome Engineering Company, today announced that it has appointed Kristala Prather, PhD, to serve on its Board of Directors. Dr. Prather is currently the Arthur D. Little Professor and Executive Officer of the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT.

We are very excited to have Kris join our board. She brings a distinguished scientific background and a thoughtful perspective on the field of synthetic biology that will be invaluable to Inscripta and our customers,” said Sri Kosaraju, President and CEO of Inscripta. ​We look forward to her voice and guidance as we pursue our mission of enabling scientists to realize the full potential of the bioeconomy, which has recently begun with the introduction of the Onyx® Platform for digital genome engineering.”

Dr. Prather’s research interests are centered on the design and assembly of recombinant microorganisms for the production of small molecules, with additional focus in novel bioprocess design approaches. Her research lab specializes in harnessing the power of synthetic biology to build microbial chemical factories with engineered control of metabolic flux. Prior to joining the faculty of MIT, she spent four years in bioprocess research and development at Merck Research Labs (Rahway, NJ).

We are at an exciting time of discovery and progress in synthetic biology. I have been impressed with the Inscripta team and technology. I am looking forward to working with the company to empower researchers around the world to fully understand the potential of biology to solve many big problems in healthcare, manufacturing, climate science, and beyond,” said Dr. Prather.

Prather has been the recipient of 20 prestigious awards, including the Charles Thom Award of the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology in 2017 and the Andreas Acrivos Award for Professional Progress in Chemical Engineering in 2021. Prather has also been recognized for her excellence in teaching. In 2014 she received a MacVicar Faculty Fellow appointment, the highest honor given for undergraduate teaching at MIT. She holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and a S.B. in chemical engineering from MIT.

About the Onyx Platform

The Onyx platform is the world’s first benchtop system for scalable digital genome engineering and consists of a benchtop instrument, consumables, software, and assays. With a fully automated CRISPR-based workflow, the Onyx platform enables massively parallel, trackable editing of single cells at an unprecedented scale. Customers are successfully experiencing how the Onyx platform is significantly improving the four steps of synthetic biology to accelerate forward engineering and genome discovery:

  • Design genome-scale libraries with a few clicks using the InscriptaDesigner™ software
  • Generate millions of precisely edited cells with push-button simplicity on the Onyx instrument using customized Onyx Genome Engineering Kits
  • Test and characterize thousands of edits in the Onyx Cell Library with our Genotyping Assays followed by pooled or isolated phenotyping
  • Learn the impact of individual edits using the same Genotyping Assays and our InscriptaResolver™ software

The Onyx platform is enabling customers to routinely iterate through genome engineering cycles with fewer resources, faster than was ever possible before. For more information about the Onyx platform, visit https://​www​.inscrip​ta​.com/​p​r​o​ducts.


About Inscripta

Inscripta is a life science technology company enabling scientists to solve some of today’s most pressing challenges with the first benchtop system for genome editing. The company’s automated Onyx® platform, consisting of an instrument, consumables, assays, and software, makes CRISPR-based genome engineering of microbes accessible to any research lab. Inscripta supports its customers around the world from facilities in Boulder, CO, San Diego and Pleasanton, CA, and Copenhagen, Denmark. To learn more, visit Inscrip​ta​.com and follow @InscriptaInc.


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