A Massachusetts-based biotechnology company is tapping into Purdue University resources to develop next-generation seeds and to address some of the biggest challenges facing farmers today.
Inari Inc. says it is using diverse genetic technologies and data science to transform plant breeding.
“We believe our approach, using cutting edge technology with very complex predictive modeling will allow us to cut the time it takes to bring new seeds to market,” says Susan Martino-Catt, vice president of product development. “And reduce development costs.”
After conducting a nationwide search, but targeting the Midwest, the east coast company expanded operations to Purdue Research Park in 2019. It now occupies two buildings on campus and has access to an 80-acre research farm.
“We are at the center of Inari’s product development process,” says Martino-Catt. “We are fortunate to be here, centrally located to…all the great resources, education and talent pool in the state.”
Martino-Catt says she grew up on an Indiana farm and decided to pursue a career as a plant biologist. That pursuit to create better seeds and technology pushes her and the team.
“That’s what drives our scientists every day,” Martino-Catt tells Inside INdiana Business Host Gerry Dick.
Gerry hosts the weekly Ag+Bio+Science podcast presented by AgriNovus Indiana, in which he talks with industry leaders and innovators from Indiana’s growing agbioscience sector.
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