Beck’s Hybrids in Hamilton County and Boston-based Inari have announced a research and development partnership to accelerate innovation on gene editing technology.

The companies say the collaboration could lead to the development of seed technology faster than traditional breeding methods.

The seed company, which is headquartered in the town of Atlanta, specializes in corn research and plant breeding.

Inari operates its Seed Foundry operations in West Lafayette where it conducts novel predictive design and advanced multiplex gene editing technology.

Inari says its software provides researchers with a deep understanding of the plant genome allowing them to better predict plant behavioral outcomes.

“We are fully invested in continued research and development, and by partnering with Inari, we have a unique opportunity to be a part of their cutting-edge multiplexing platform,” said Scott Beck, president of Beck’s. “We see the benefits of gene editing and how important it is for farmers to have access to greater diversity in the products they rely on for their livelihood. “