Jena Bioscience

Building Blocks of Life

Jena Bioscience GmbH was founded in 1998 by a team of scientists from the Max-Planck-Institute for Molecular Physiology in Dortmund. 25+ years of academic knowhow were condensed into the company in order to develop innovative reagents and technologies for the life science market. Since then, the company has evolved into an established global reagent supplier with more than 7500 products and a customer base in 50+ countries. Jena Bioscience serves three major client groups:

  • Research laboratories at universities, industry, government, hospitals and medical schools
  • Pharmaceutical industry in the process from lead discovery through to pre-clinical stages
  • Laboratory & diagnostic reagent kit producers and re-sellers


  • Proprietary LEXSY technology for recombinant protein production
  • Crystallization of biological macromolecules – specialized reagents for crystal screening, crystal optimization and phasing
  • Molecular biology tools including Standard PCR and Real-Time PCR kits, oligonucleotides, cloning enzymes, mutagenesis technologies, and more…

Featured Products

LEXSY – Eukaryotic protein expression in Leishmania tarentolae

The unicellular kinetoplast protozoan Leishmania tarentolae, isolated from the Moorish gecko Tarentola mauritanica, (not pathogenic to mammalians) – is being utilized as the protein-producing host of the Jena Bioscience eukaryotic protein expression system LEXSY:
Advantages of the Lexsy Expression system

  • eukaryotic host as easy to handle as E. coli: no specific labware, no cell biology equipment required
  • eukaryotic protein expression with post-translational modification, including glycosylation and disulfide bond formation
  • shuttle vectors available for cloning in E. coli, expression in LEXSY host
  • constitutive or inducible, intracellular or secretory expression of target proteins
  • stable expression strains for constant protein production

Example of post-translational modification – LEXSY N-Glycosylation

Jena Bioscience GmbH
Biotechnologie & Gentechnik
Loebstedter Strasse 80
D-07749 Jena

Phone: +49 3641 6285000
Fax: +49 3641 6285100