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The Potential of Genome Editing

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By Ingrid Fung, Associate, Agriculture Technologies

Over the last few years the potential of genome editing has captured the imaginations of the popular media, attracted hundreds of millions in investment, and set the scientific community a blaze with activity. The approach enables researchers to make precise changes to the DNA within a cell, effectively changing genetic programming and thus the function of the genes and proteins encoded, without inserting any external genetic material. Read More

What Investors Want: Mark Carlson talks Ag Tech Startup Investing

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If the past year and a half is any indication, it seems that there is an abundance of funding available to Ag Tech startups. From venture capital firms to corporations, general players to agriculture-based names, and North America to Israel and everywhere in between, Ag Tech startup founders do have access to capital, but do they really know what it takes to successfully raise funding from investors?

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Consumer Concerns for New Ag Tech

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By Jim Hardin, Senior Investment Manager at AVAC Ltd. | @DrJimHardin

Most innovations in agricultural technology fly under the radar for the majority of consumers, as their intended market is farmers. Precision agriculture, drones, vertical farming – many of these technologies do not directly concern consumers. The Ag Tech that does receive extensive media coverage and attention from lobby groups for consumers is genetically engineered/modified foods, or GMOs.

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Ag Tech Venture Capital & the Fashion of Fowl

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By Warren Bergen, Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: “This new duck has a striking new blazer, a penchant for R&B and a refined palette. Extraordinary! Witness this, the dawn of nouveau duck.” Futurists and economists point to past references to the potential rise of new duck. The media picks up on the story of how this is new duck and new manner of ducks henceforth. We believe it for there is substantial opportunity in new duck. Duck prices go crazy. Observers are then shocked and bewildered when the duck inevitably dispenses with distractions and V-shapes his way south. The duck might be wearing a hat, but it’s still a duck.

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Synthetic Biology As A New Tool

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By Ingrid Fung, Associate, Agriculture Technologies

The agricultural sector stands to benefit greatly from synthetic biology tools commercialized in the years to come. After all synthetic biology has the potential to create more nutritious, easier to store food, animals/crops that are hardier against disease, and reduce the cost of crop inputs. It can also help us keep up with rapidly changing growing conditions, ensure food security, and reduce food waste. While the tools in this field are not yet able to deliver on the promise, we’re getting pretty darn close! The next couple of years will be an exciting time in the synthetic biology field, so keep a close eye on the start-ups in this intersection of engineering, computer science, and biology!

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Deal Creation

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By Mark Carlson, Managing Partner

Where do investors find good deals?

With our decades of collective venture capital and fund of funds experience at Verdex Capital, our team knows the early signs are of a good (or not-so-good) deal. We have also seen how other GPs tackle the task through our fund-of-funds investment participation.

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