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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 LLC, a spin-off of ANTIVIRALS Inc., manufactures and markets research quantities of Morpholino oligos.

Image of Gene Tools crew in 2015 at the Philomath facility

Gene Tools crew, photographed in September 2015 in front of the Philomath facility.
Standing, from left: Yongfu Li, Dan Summerton, Jeremy Bushman, Dan Arbogast, James P. Summerton, Alexandra Vincent, Zhengfeng Li, Jean Turner, James Huynh, Jon Moulton, Shan Jiang, Lizzy Scheibel.
Front row, from left: Chandell Terwilliger, Jim Summerton, Pat Summerton, Jean Summerton.
Not shown: Corwin Willard, Lena Fergusen, Austen Howard, Ryan Terwilliger

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

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Department Employee Extension
Manager and Chief Scientist James E. (Jim) Summerton, Ph.D. 1161
Biology and Customer SupportAlex C. Vincent, Ph.D. 1041
Accounting and Customer Support Zhengfeng Li 1011
Chemistry Yongfu Li, Ph.D. 1281
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
  Lena Ferguson 1113
Production Chandell L. Terwilliger 1301
  Ryan Terwilliger  
  Jeannine M. Turner 1302
  James P. (Patrick) Summerton 1301
  Lizzy Scheibel 1062
Accounting Patricia Summerton 1022
  Dan Summerton 1022
IT & Cybersecurity Austen Howard 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.