AgTech startup Innatrix has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research grant of $224,594 to conduct research and development on creating high-affinity protein ligands to address critical crop losses caused by damaging pathogens and pests.
Innatrix is developing technology for the production of high-affinity, high specificity protein ligands to protein targets of interest. It’s area of applied focus are the agricultural and pharmaceutical sectors.
“This award allows us to advance our mission to create environmentally-friendly, sustainable products that will allow farmers to overcome losses caused by pathogens and pests.”Dr. Jiarui Li, Research Director at Innatrix.
Innatrix has also invented a proprietary apparatus named the EvoStat™. It is an automated platform for protein engineering and provides advanced control, reporting, recording, simulation, and remote access. Infra-red and image processing-based monitoring provides control of temperature, mixing, turbidity, medium supply, culture volumes and flow rates.
“NSF is proud to support the technology of the future by thinking beyond incremental developments and funding the most creative, impactful ideas across all markets and areas of science and engineering.”Andrea Belz, Director, Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships at NSF
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…” NSF is vital to US because it support basic research and people to create knowledge that transforms the future.
The startup is open to collaborations in the agricultural sector in which the production of high affinity protein ligands to targets of interest would be beneficial.
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