Cherries without the pit are impossible with conventional plant breeding, but gene editing can now make this and many other improved food options available to consumers. Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash
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The future of agriculture: the convergence of tech and bio bringing better food to market

The convergence of tech and biology is bringing the day closer when the most affordable and delicious foods will also be good for our bodies and the planet. To achieve this, new R&D platforms are needed that can put gene editing to work at the scale and speed of the cloud.

On Thursday, February 27, 9:00 – 10:00 am Pacific time, SynBioBeta’s John Cumbers will bring together two innovators at the intersection of agriculture and synthetic biology to explore this topic. We will discuss how gene editing allows the production of new and improved crops that are more sustainable, more nutritious, and more affordable. We will also cover the challenges and opportunities for using gene editing to bring better food to market. 

To bring better foods to market, companies like Pairwise need better tools, and here’s why: tools like gene editing, synthesis, sequencing, and automation are enabling us to use gene editing at increasing scale and speed. But as Cumbers recently wrote in Forbes, these new capabilities have also created a challenge that the life science industry wasn’t ready for: how to get massive amounts of super complex data into a single place where it’s all interlinked and can be fully made into real insights, something Benchling calls biointelligence.

The Future of Agriculture: Pairwise and Benchling on Getting Better Food to Market

Cumbers will be in conversation with Cherie Ochsenfeld, Senior Data Scientist at Pairwise, a new kind of agriculture company developing new crops and improving existing ones using gene editing. They aim to create new varieties that use less resources, are more productive, healthier, and more attractive and accessible to the consumer. 

Also joining the web event will be Ashoka Rajendra, Product Manager at Benchling, a cloud-based software platform for life sciences researchers and R&D organizations. Benchling aims to change the way researchers accelerate, measure, and forecast their work – from discovery through bioprocessing – all in one place.

“As a company dedicated to increasing the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, it is essential that we rapidly scale and interpret our scientific data,” says Ian Miller, VP of Business Operations at Pairwise in a recent press release, “Benchling has brought design and supply chain-like capabilities to our R&D team in a manner that has greatly enhanced our business.”

The discussion will be geared toward researchers seeking technology solutions, innovators and entrepreneurs in biotech, agriculture, and related fields, and anyone interested in exploring how the intersection of tech and biology is transforming industry and manufacturing.

Visit the web event page to learn more and register.

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