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04Mar, 2020

University of Illinois Research Park - Champaign, Illinois

UIRP Agriculture Innovation Technology Summit

The 2020 AgTech Summit will include panels and discussions on how Big Data is modernizing the agriculture value chain, investment in AgTech, industry leaders on the state of agriculture, and how growers are preparing for future generations. It will include presentations from some of the top agtech startups in the region. 

10Mar, 2020

Ankeny, Iowa

Iowa Biotech Association: Partnering for Growth

Partnering for Growth is a two-day conference featuring industry-specific Tracks, a one-on-one meeting scheduling system and a Biotech Showcase pitch competition that joins together innovators, investors, and biotech leaders. It provides top-notch information and educational content for our diverse membership and draws distinguished keynote speakers from Iowa and around the country, making PFG a premier event for learning, investing, and networking with multiple sectors of the biotech industry.

17Mar, 2020

San Francisco, California

World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit

The World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit focuses on the most disruptive technologies transforming the global food system.  1500+ of the brightest minds in global agriculture meet to find new partnership opportunities and identify the right business models and investment strategies to fast-track innovation to the field. 

06Jun, 2020

San Diego, California

2020 World Congress on In Vitro Biology

The 2020 World Congress on In Vitro Biology is held only once every 4 years and is a phenomenal chance to explore both the latest research and core principles of in vitro plant and animal in vitro research on a global scale. This year’s program will offer timely perspectives on cell culture, biotechnology, genome editing and more.

Open Innovation News

January 15, 2020SeedWorld

Protein Industries Canada Invests to Improve Protein Content in Canadian Canola

Protein Industries Canada, along with industry partners [Corteva Agriscience, Bunge, and Botaneco], announced an investment of more than $27 million into a canola breeding project focused on making canola hybrids that produce high protein meal for downstream use. This is the first commercial breeding project focused specifically on protein quality improvement. Higher protein canola meal will result in new, diversified, higher value markets for canola meal creating economic benefits across the entire value-chain.

November 15, 2019Corteva Agriscience

Corteva Agriscience Releases Open-Source Molecular Marker Selection Tool

In an effort to support and promote the use of molecular markers in plant variety protection (PVP) and germplasm enforcement, Corteva released a simple, open-source marker selection tool called ‘Uniqueness’ to GitHub. The tool supports selection of small efficient sets (<50) of markers from larger databases. The approach is ideal for variety identification applications where a maximum amount of germplasm is identified with a minimum number of markers. Uniqueness is useful for selecting SNP markers across many crops with very consistent results. In addition to the intellectual property applications, the tool is also useful for selecting quality assurance marker panels for commercial seed production.

Last month, Corteva shared the tool at the Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) Biochemical and Molecular Techniques (BMT) Working Group meeting in Hangzhou, China.  To read a summary from that event, visit: 

Access to the UNIQUENESS software can be found at:

November 05, 2019Corteva Agriscience

Radicle Growth and Corteva Launch a Challenge to Invest $250k in a Top AgTech Innovator

Radicle Growth and Corteva Agriscience today announced the launch of The Radicle Challenge by Corteva, to be hosted at the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit. Together, Radicle and Corteva will identify a promising agtech startup that is solving agricultural challenges with novel technology solutions and support its success. Entrepreneurs with technologies across the agricultural landscape who are solving problems with breakthrough technology solutions are invited to apply to take part in the Challenge between now and December 6, 2019.

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