Posted 2nd July 2018 by Jane Williams
Over the past thirty years, Donald R. Marvin, President and CEO of Concentric, has established an impressive track record for building exceptional value for stakeholders at several life science and agri-food companies. Formerly New Jersey’s CFO of the year, he has raised over $350 million in both private and public financing and completed nearly a dozen M&A transactions for his former companies.
Posted 22nd June 2018 by Jane Williams
On January 2018, Michal Bobek, in a preliminary judgement in a case at the European Court of Justice, advised that “organisms obtained by mutagenesis” should not be seen as genetically modified, unless they contained recombinant nuclear acid molecules or other GM organisms. 
Posted 13th June 2018 by Jane Williams
We were delighted to welcome Richard Visser, Professor, Chair and Head of Plant Breeding, Dean of Research, Wageningen University & Research, to the 6th Plant Genomics and Gene Editing Congress, where he presented on the use of novel breeding techniques in practical breeding.
Posted 11th May 2018 by Jane Williams
It is a quite common phenomenon in biology: we have identified a gene or a set of genes that are likely to be important for the system we are studying, but we have no clear explanation for why they are important or how they influence the system. For example, in plant genomics, we are often interested in a specific trait and have a genomic locus or a list of candidate genes that might affect this trait. The question is: how can we prioritise these genes in order to proceed to experimental validation?
To this end, it would be extremely useful if we knew the functions of our candidate genes. For instance, if a gene codes for an enzyme, what type of reaction does this enzyme catalyse? And in which pathways might this reaction take place?
Posted 7th May 2018 by Jane Williams
The application of crop biotechnology in agriculture has permitted an enhanced level of income to farmers and environmental benefits, while also reducing cropland expansion. Insect-protected crops, such as corn, showed more than 10% increase in yield worldwide and insect-protected corn and cotton augmented farm income by >$56 billion between 1996 and 2001.
There are important factors to consider to ensure the value and the benefits of these products. These relate to their mode of delivery from suppliers to end users, including correct shipping, storage as well as user education.
Posted 4th May 2018 by Jane Williams
Gene editing is the latest and sexiest DNA editing tool in the continuum of plant breeding innovations. With genetically modified organism (GMO) technology, scientists introduce “foreign” genes, i.e. genes from a different organism, into crops. With gene editing, scientists create additional genetic variation by making precise changes to the existing crop’s genome. It offers great opportunities, but also creates regulatory challenges.
Posted 18th April 2018 by Jane Williams
Our vision of the Second Green Revolution goes beyond genetics, synthetic fertilizers, and chemical controls. It is a more holistic approach that integrates biologicals to optimize agriculture in a way that balances the immediate need for high yields and the long-term considerations for soil health.
Posted 13th April 2018 by Jane Williams
2017 was a big year for the AgTech industry, with a record $10.1 billion in investments and an increase of 29% from 2016. Looking forward, we decided to put together a list of 119 top AgTech start-ups and investors.
In this article, we’ll be talking through the results that were gathered from the report, which you can view here.
Whether you’re looking for an investor from seed to series or you’re just interested in the market, you are sure to find this resource useful.