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Environmental DNA

Using Environmental DNA (eDNA) analysis we can identify organisms that are present at a given place and time without direct observation. Samples are collected with a simple kit, shipped and stored at ambient temperature. In our lab, DNA is extracted, sequenced, and analyzed. Just like on a crime scene. The resulting data makes biodiversity visible. From microbes to mammals.

We can identify thousands of species present in any ecosystem, allowing you to gain insight and manage or restore habitats. Please get in touch for a project consultation.

A biodiversity baseline

To stop the ongoing loss of our natural world, we need accurate and continuous measurement of life at a global scale. When it comes to biodiversity, large parts of our planet are lacking data. Using eDNA technology and the right incentives, an open biodiversity data-base is within reach. SimplexDNA pioneers the effort to include local communities, large corporates and governments to generate a biodiversity baseline layer. To achieve this vision, we received a grant from the Climate Collective. Find out about our work on solving this global challenge with the power of community.

eDNA Services

Gain insights through our water-based eDNA services: FishMonitor and QuaggaMonitor.

As a small expert lab, we are perfectly positioned to accommodate your custom DNA meta-barcoding projects as well. Our offer can be tailored from general community assessment of animals, fungi, plants and micro-organisms to single species detection. We can work with water, soil and other sample formats and will work with you to develop suitable methods.

Swiss-based quality

The time was right to make an impact. SimplexDNA® was founded in July 2021 as a spin-off from ETH Zürich. We are based in Winterthur, Switzerland, in the heart of Europe.
Thanks to an innovative spirit and years of experience in molecular methods and conservation research, we are making a difference for our clients, partners, and the planet.

In our own laboratory facilities, we carry out small and large-scale projects to the highest quality standards. Numerous clients, including governmental agencies in Switzerland, already rely on our services for invasive species monitoring and assessment of restoration and revitalization efforts in freshwater contexts.

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