Governor Eric Holcomb will join officials from biotechnology firm Inari to break ground Wednesday on an expanded greenhouse in West Lafayette.
The Boston-based agbioscience company, which has research and product development facilities at Purdue Research Park, says it is investing $22 million to upgrade an existing greenhouse space.
The facility was formerly owned by agribusiness company Dow.
The facility includes 102,000 square feet of labs, office and greenhouse space. The company says it is starting construction on an additional 17,000 square feet to allow for additional plant growth.
Inari announced plans in 2018 to locate research operations in West Lafayette. To date, the company has hired 90 people and has plans to hire about 40 more people by the end of 2023.
Inari conducts novel predictive design and advanced multiplex gene-editing technology at its Seed Foundry.
Inari says its software provides researchers with a deep understanding of the plant genome allowing them to better predict plant behavioral outcomes.