39 North Innovation District Plan Unveiled
The Science in Our Food
(St. Louis Business Journal) Danforth Center partners with Wells Fargo to expand company’s incubator program Partnership to advance solutions aimed at the interconnection of food, water and energy
Friday, September 14, 2018 READ MORE
The Ag Innovation Showcase launched by the Danforth Center in 2009 has helped put St. Louis on the map as an ag tech hub for scientists, entrepreneurs and investors.
Monday, September 10, 2018 READ MORE
(St. Louis Business Journal) 12 companies presenting at next week’s Ag Innovation Showcase Among the presenting agtech and food companies is Plastomics, which is based at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Friday, September 7, 2018 READ MORE
(St. Louis Business Journal) How St. Louis became the heart of global agtech "39 North is an extension of Dr. Danforth’s vision to make St. Louis a world center for plant science and innovation,” said Sam Fiorello, COO, Danforth Center and president of BRDG Park.
Friday, August 17, 2018 READ MORE
(St. Louis Business Journal) Danforth Center partners with Saint Louis University “We are excited for Allison to join us as a joint faculty member with SLU,” Jim Carrington, president of the Danforth Center, said in a statement.
Thursday, August 16, 2018 READ MORE
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Joint SLU, Danforth scientist expands research collaboration “I am delighted for the opportunity to bridge SLU and the Danforth Center through a joint appointment,” Miller said in a statement.
(WIRED) European Ruling Could Slow Africa’s Push For Crispr Crops Many European scientists cheered back in January when it seemed the court of the European Union would ease its restrictions on gene-editing technology in food.
Thursday, July 26, 2018 READ MORE
(St. Louis Public Radio) Brookings touts agtech cluster in St. Louis After two decades of building, the region’s agricultural technology cluster is poised to take off
(EQ) From Science Research To IoT Device Design: Plant Analytics Startup Grows With Arch Grants Dr. Nadia Shakoor is pioneering the future of agriculture and plant research with an IoT-enabled phenotyping and data collection device. She opens up about her debut in the business world.
Thursday, June 28, 2018 READ MORE
(Modern Agriculture) The Future of Food and Farming Agriculture in 2050: Big Challenges, Bigger Dreams
Friday, June 15, 2018 READ MORE
(Innovation City) Dr. Jim Carrington on Innovation City Innovation City gives you an inside look at how rapidly business and culture are changing thanks to increasing diversity and inclusion
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 READ MORE
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Banners tout St. Louis County's new 39 North agricultural technology district Banners attached to streetlight poles were added Tuesday along Olive Boulevard for 39 North
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Sugarcane research company to open North American headquarters in St. Louis The world’s largest sugarcane technology company selects BRDG Park
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 READ MORE
CTC Genomics selects St. Louis as the site of its North American research headquarters Brazilian Ag Bio Firm Specializes in Sugarcane
(New York Times) How a Rose Blooms: Its Genome Reveals the Traits for Scent and Color Study marks a new “democratization” of plant research resulting from more widely available, affordable and detailed genome sequencing
Monday, April 30, 2018 READ MORE
(St. Louis Business Journal) Danforth Center to take discoveries to market with new hire Don MacKenzie is tasked overseeing the regulatory processes to bring the Danforth Center's technologies to market.
Friday, April 13, 2018 READ MORE
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch) 39 North plant science district gets trail, road planning funds Plans are in motion to rework roads and improve incubator space
Friday, March 2, 2018 READ MORE
(Ag Professional) The Future of Ag Tech in the Midwest
The development of new technology in agriculture has helped encourage young people
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 READ MORE
(Agri-Pulse) Who is leading the charge for new precision breeding tools?
Plenty of precision breeding innovation
(St. Louis Public Radio) St. Louis plant scientists use podcast to dig deep into the struggles of research
Researchers Liz Haswell and Ivan Baxter spend most their time trying to understand how plants function.
Monday, January 8, 2018 READ MORE
(HEC-TV) New Smart Crop-Monitoring Platform Alerts Farmers & Growers About Their Crops
Researchers at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center have created a crop phenotyping station called the PheNode.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018 READ MORE
(KMOX) C-Speak Podcast: Sam Fiorello
Mark Reardon talks with Sam Fiorello on the C-Speak Podcast, the language of executives by KMOX
Friday, December 29, 2017 READ MORE
(Talking Biotech Podcast) Control of Aflatoxin in Groundnut
Dilip Shah and a team of researchers worked to devise a multi-faceted plan to protect groundnut from fungal infections.
Saturday, December 23, 2017 READ MORE
(MIT Technology Review) These Are Not Your Father's GMOS
A new wave of gene-edited crops are dodging regulators, and they're about to reach stores.
Thursday, December 21, 2017 READ MORE
New Hire to Advance Human Resources
Danforth Center Welcomes Anna Dibble
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 READ MORE
(Forbes) Collaboration Provides Hope In The Battle Against Mycotoxin Induced Cancer In The Developing World
There is new hope for a solution to this vexing health issue based on a recent collaboration between groups of scientists in the US and in India.
Saturday, November 4, 2017 READ MORE
(AgFunder News) Is St. Louis the Silicon Valley of Agtech?
St. Louis has worked hard to be a magnet for Fortune 500 companies. Nine members of this elite class call the city home, not the least of which is multinational agricultural giant Monsanto.
Thursday, November 2, 2017 READ MORE
DuPont Pioneer and Danforth Center Collaborate to Apply Cutting-Edge Technologies to Improve Crops for Smallholder Farmers
The suite of technologies DuPont Pioneer is providing to the project is revolutionary
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 READ MORE
National Science Foundation Funds Multi-Institutional Project to Improve Harvests of One of the Most Important Crops in U.S. Agriculture
Danforth Center Receives $3.4M to Improve Maize Architecture
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 READ MORE
U.S. Department of Energy Awards Danforth Center $16M to Enhance Sorghum for Bioenergy A multi-institutional research effort aims to optimize photosynthesis and water use efficiency
Monday, October 2, 2017 READ MORE
TechAccel Invests in Unique Sprayable RNAi Pesticide Technology First “Path to Commercialization” Grant Awarded to Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Monday, September 11, 2017 READ MORE
Why a St. Louis event could be one of agtech’s biggest disruptors: 4 questions with Bayer's R&D head
Monday marks the start of the ninth annual Ag Innovation Showcase.
Monday, September 11, 2017 READ MORE
The Future of Agriculture is Center Stage at Ag Innovation Showcase
Bees, new food sources and machine learning are leading trends
Thursday, August 31, 2017 READ MORE
(St. Louis Business Journal) Greitens touts Israeli relationship as economic generator
St. Louis is already home to a number of Israeli-founded companies that have moved to the area thanks to GlobalSTL, an initiative started and organized by BioSTL several years ago.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 READ MORE
Analysis Linking Field and Controlled Environments Reveals Key Traits Controlling Height
Discovery could help improve yield in food and bioenergy crops
Monday, July 10, 2017 READ MORE
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Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator Expands Focus to Include the Food-Water-Energy Interconnection Program enlists Danforth Plant Science Center as strategic partner to validate sustainable agriculture technologies
ST. LOUIS, MO, — Sept. 12, 2018 — The Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2), a technology incubator and platform funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), is expanding its program to advance technologies that address the interconnection of food, water and energy. The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center will be a strategic partner to help further develop and validate promising agriculture technologies addressing critical sustainability challenges. The announcement was made at Danforth’s Ag Innovation Showcase on Sept. 11 in St. Louis.
“In looking to expand IN2, we discovered that one of the greatest opportunities for creating smart, connected, sustainable cities is finding efficiencies in the connections among food, energy and water use,” said Mary Wenzel, head of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility at Wells Fargo and IN2 board member. “Agriculture uses 70 percent of global water and 14 percent of global energy, and our IN2 program is uniquely positioned to further the development and commercialization of technologies that reduce agriculture’s carbon, energy and water impact.”
The Danforth Plant Science Center, the world’s largest independent plant science institute, will focus on research and validation of innovative solutions that address how to use digital agriculture to produce food more sustainably, much like the way NREL leads the program’s validation of technologies related to commercial buildings. Future IN2 activities under the food-water-energy nexus will include food system inefficiencies and water conservation to help meet IN2’s goal of advancing smart, connected communities.
“Wells Fargo and NREL, through the expanded IN2 program, are the right partners with which to accelerate delivery of benefits from science and technology on the farm,” said Jim Carrington, president of Danforth Plant Science Center. “We are excited about this new partnership as a way to combine the focused scientific research capability at the center with pressing needs to deliver more sustainable and productive agriculture.”
“We are extremely pleased to be working with an organization that deeply understands the trifecta of basic science, innovation and commercialization,” said Trish Cozart, IN2 program manager at NREL. “We cannot wait to see the benefit our next round of portfolio companies will receive.”
“For 20 years, the Danforth Center has been a driver in the growth of the food and agriculture innovation ecosystem,” said Sam Fiorello, chief operating officer at Danforth Plant Science Center. “By leveraging the center’s excellence in plant research and its best-in-class technology infrastructure, the expanded IN2 platform will help accelerate agriculture technology commercialization for early-stage companies across the U.S. and the world.”
“As one of the largest lenders to the agriculture and agricultural technology (agtech) sectors, Wells Fargo will bring its expertise to bear in helping these early-stage startups make it to the commercial marketplace,” noted Ramsay Huntley, Clean Technology and Innovation Philanthropy program officer with Wells Fargo.
IN2 finds and selects companies through a network of Channel Partners consisting of incubators, accelerators and universities across the U.S. After validation, participating companies with commercially ready technologies have the potential to beta test with a strategic program partner. IN2 already is examining its networks for potential beta testing partners and plans to announce the selection of Round 5 agtech portfolio companies in spring 2019. To date, IN2 has funded 20 early-stage companies that have gone on to raise $89.5 million in follow-on funding from external sources.
For a complete list of IN2 portfolio companies, visit in2ecosystem.com/portfolio-companies.
About the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator IN2 is a $30 million clean-technology incubator and platform funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation. Administered by and housed at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo., IN2’s mission is to speed the path to market for early-stage, clean-technology entrepreneurs. Companies selected for participation in the program receive up to $250,000 in non-dilutive funding, technical support and validation from experts at NREL and the Danforth Plant Science Center’s facilities, and the opportunity to beta test at a Wells Fargo facility or with a strategic program partner. Launched in 2014 with an initial focus on supporting scalable solutions to reduce the energy impact of commercial buildings, IN2 expanded its focus in 2018 to support innovation in sectors such as food systems, energy storage, water and others with the ultimate goal of fostering smart and connected communities of the future. For more information, visit in2ecosystem.com.
About Wells Fargo Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, investment and mortgage products, as well as consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,300 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 38 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 26 on Fortune’s 2017 rankings of America’s largest corporations. In 2017, Wells Fargo donated $286.5 million to 14,500 nonprofits and Wells Fargo team members volunteered a record 2 million hours. Wells Fargo’s corporate social responsibility efforts are focused on three strategic priorities: diversity and social inclusion, economic empowerment, and environmental sustainability. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.
About The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Founded in 1998, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is a not-for-profit research institute with a mission to improve the human condition through plant science. Research, education and outreach aim to have impact on the nexus of food security and the environment and position the St. Louis region as a world center for plant science. The Center’s work is funded through competitive grants from many sources, including the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. For more information, visit danforthcenter.org.
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