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Gen-Sys Laboratories was a biotech company based in San Francisco and owned by Polytechnic Solutions.


Bright Eyes' Rampage

Under the supervision of Steven Jacobs, it was here where Dr. Will Rodman attempted to develop a viral "cure" for Alzheimer's Disease over a course of five years. Among the chimpanzee test subjects were Bright Eyes, Lorelei, Chambers, Burke and Verdon. Bright Eyes was given the ALZ-112 drug which increased her mental capabilities, while a military-sanctioned "variant" of the drug was administered to Burke and Verdon, the latter of whom was later shot while attempting to escape. Bright Eyes went berserk just as Will was announcing his progress to members of the board. The project was shut down as a result and the apes were euthanized, but Will adopted the new-born child of Bright Eyes, Caesar, who developed remarkable intelligence as a result of his mother's exposure to the virus.

Creation of the End

Eight years later, after Will's success in giving the drug to his own father, Charles Rodman, who suffered from the Alzheimer's, Gen-Sys began developing a newer and stronger version - "ALZ-113" - which proved to be fatal to humans yet gave a higher intelligence to apes. Robert Franklin was exposed and inadvertently infected others, eventually kickstarting the Simian Flu Pandemic that caused the near extinction of humanity.[1]

Later, Caesar led an ape rebellion, attacking the labs and liberating the test apes. As this was happening, Jacobs learned of the lab's experiments being hazardous to humans before he saw the freed apes and ran. The apes fled the labs and stormed through the city before engaging in a battle against the authorities on the Golden Gate Bridge. Despite casualties on both sides, the apes emerged victorious and established their home in the Muir Woods.

Later, the scandal precipitated by Gen-Sys became known as Monkeygate. However, Polytechnic Solutions, the corporation than owned Gen-Sys, sought to cover up Gen-Sys' involvement in Monkeygate to protect the company's reputation. However, the link between the drug testing and Gen-Sys became public knowledge. Meanwhile, the ALZ-113 spread across the world, resulting in the deadly Simian Flu Pandemic and the collapse of human civilization. Gen-Sys was shut down and rendered defunct before the initial outbreak ended.

Known Members

Name Status Position Photo
Steven Jacobs Deceased CEO
Will Rodman Deceased Scientist
Robert Franklin Deceased Chimp Handler
Donnie Thompson Deceased Chimp Handler
Linda Andersen Deceased Lab Assistant


The Gen-Sys Building consisted of:

  • Steven Jacobs' Office: Where Steven Jacobs did most of his work.
  • Test Room: Where Robert Franklin handled the tests that showed the chimps' intelligence.
  • Holding Room: Which housed cells holding individual chimpanzees, along with their caretakers.
  • Eye Testing: Where tests were held on the visual skills of the chimpanzees.
  • Trial Room: Where drugs were tested on the ape subjects.


  • In an earlier version of the script, vans from the federal Center for Disease Control arrive to clean up the area around the lab after the mass-breakout by the apes. The CDC also featured in unused Apes screenplays written by Terry Hayes (Return of the Apes, 1995) and Sam Hamm (Planet of the Apes, 1995).
  • Gen-Sys is a possible abbreviation for Genetical Synthesis or Genetical System(s).
  • Some of the laboratory scenes were shot "at the British Columbia Institute Of Technology's Aerospace Campus in Richmond; a 300,000-square-foot facility whose smooth, gunmetal and dark-glass styling suits the story's present-day-to-very-close-future setting, doubling as it does for the Gen-Sys research facility."[2]


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See Also


  1. CE: Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  2. The Great Escape, by Dan Jolin - Empire Magazine (August 2011)
Planet of the Apes - Chernin Entertainment Series
Planet of the Apes (CE) Movies
Rise of the Planet of the Apes | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes | War for the Planet of the Apes
Main Evolved Ape Characters
Caesar | Bright Eyes | Koba | Maurice | Rocket | Buck | Cornelia | Blue Eyes | Luca | Ash | Cornelius | Winter | Lake | Bad Ape | Red
Supporting Ape Characters
Alpha | Burke | Verdon | Tinker | Grey | Stone | Andy | Wolfie | Jeanpierre | Lucky | Koba's Mother | Sparrow | Pope | Fifer | Cora | Rex | Bon | Dallas | Milo | Herman | Spear | Ajax | Oak | Fox | Aghoo | Ursus | Percy | Beardface | Armando
Main Human Characters
Will Rodman | Charles Rodman | Caroline Aranha | Robert Franklin | Steven Jacobs | Dodge Landon | John Landon | Douglas Hunsiker | Malcolm | Ellie | Alexander | Dreyfus | Carver | Foster | Colonel McCullough | Nova
Supporting Human Characters
Rodney | John Hamil | Rita | Sarah | Maddy | John | Edward | Roger Mason | Werner | Kemp | Clancy Stoppard | Corbin | Daniel Nygun | David Flynn | Finney | Kuo | Malakai Youmans | Max (Firestorm) | McVeigh | Terry | Roger | Rod Wilson | Preacher | Boyle | Lang | Travis
Rodman Family | Caesar's Family | Malcolm's Family | Rocket's Family | Dreyfus' Family
Horse | Elk | Grizzly Bear
Items / Weapons
Simian Flu
Important Events / Battles
Ape Rebellion | Human-Ape War | Simian Flu Pandemic | Battle on the Golden Gate Bridge | Battle in San Francisco | Battle of the Muir Woods Park | Battle of the Border
Organizations / Colonies / Companies
Caesar's Ape Colony | Caesar's Council of Apes | Caesar's Ape Army | Gen-Sys Board | San Francisco's Human Colony | Dreyfus' Human Army | Malcolm's Group | Alpha-Omega | Donkeys
West African Jungle | San Francisco | San Francisco Zoo | Gen-Sys Laboratories | Rodman House | San Bruno Primate Shelter | Golden Gate Bridge | Muir Woods Park | Ape Mountain | Ape Gate | Ape Village | Caesar's Home | Warehouse | The Border
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (webcomic) | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Contagion | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (BOOM! Studios) | Before the Dawn | War for the Planet of the Apes (BOOM! Studios) | Planet of the Apes: The Simian Age | Planet of the Apes: The Time of Man
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Firestorm | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - Official Movie Novelization | War for the Planet of the Apes: Revelations | War for the Planet of the Apes - Official Movie Novelization | Caesar’s Story
Other Books
Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: The Art of the Films
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album) | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album)
Video Games
Plague Inc: Simian Flu | Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier | Crisis on the Planet of the Apes