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About Us

Gene Tools, LLC produces and markets Morpholino oligos for antisense applications and ancillary products for basic research. We are also engaged in research relating to delivery of Morpholino oligos into cells and use of Morpholino oligos as probes and in diagnostic systems.

Morpholino oligos and the subunits used in their assembly were invented and developed at ANTIVIRALS Inc (the pioneer antisense company founded by James Summerton in 1980), subsequently renamed AVI Biopharma, Inc and now named Sarepta Therapeutics. Gene Tools, a spin-off of ANTIVIRALS Inc manufactures and markets research quantities of Morpholino oligos.

In Japan, Funakoshi Co. is the distributor of Morpholino oligos and related products.

Image of Gene Tools crew in 2006 at the Philomath facility

Standing left: Jon Moulton, James E. Summerton; Standing right: Dan Arbogast, Yongfu Li
Kneeling: Paul Morcos, James Huynh, Conrad Shultz (now with Apple), Shannon Knuth (now with Cellay, Inc.), Chandell Terwilliger, Jean Turner
Not shown: Pat Summerton, Patrick Summerton, Corwin Willard, Shan Jiang, Zhengfeng Li, Jeff Mitchell

Gene Tools personnel can be contacted at (541) 929-7840 using the following extensions:

Department Employee Extension
Manager and Chief Scientist James E. Summerton, Ph.D. 1161
Biology and Customer Support Alex C. Vincent, Ph.D. 1064
Accounting and Customer Support Zhengfeng Li 1011
Chemistry Yongfu Li, Ph.D. 1281
  James Huynh, Ch.E. 1311
Biology and Special Projects Jon D. Moulton, Ph.D. 1201
Biology Shan Jiang, Ph.D. 1051
Special Projects Jean Summerton, Ph.D. 1071
  Jeremy Bushman, Ph.D. 1071
Production Chandell L. Terwilliger 1307
  Jeannine M. Turner 1302
  Patrick Summerton 1022
Accounting Patricia Summerton 1022
  Dan Summerton 1022
IT and Engineering Dan Arbogast 1221

Department Consultant Company Phone
Engineering Corwin Willard Labtronix Inc. (541) 424-3474

Contact Us
You are welcome to contact us at the address and phone number displayed at the bottom of the page. We also welcome email sent through our Web Form.

Picture of the Gene Tools facility where Morpholinos are made in Philomath, Oregon, taken from the hill to the east

Bob Grant Construction, Inc., of Corvallis Oregon built our Philomath facility and has posted this slide show of its construction.