Joining companies like Google and Twitter, Inari was chosen as a 2019 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum on Monday.
Inari, a company recently expanded to West Lafayette developing seeds that improve the economic and environmental realities of production agriculture, was chosen from hundreds of candidates worldwide that are also in the design, development and deployment of new technologies and innovations poised to have a significant impact on business and society, according to a news release. The startup was founded by Flagship Pioneering in 2016.
“We’re excited to welcome Inari to this year’s innovative class of Technology Pioneers,” Fulvia Montresor, head of Technology Pioneers at the World Economic Forum, said in the release. “Inari and its fellow pioneers are leaders in using novel technologies to transform their industries. We see great potential for these next-generation companies to shape solutions to global challenges and improve society for years to come.”
Its technologies have been proven at field-level trials with higher-yielding gene-edited tomatoes, and in the lab, with new diversity introduced simultaneously through five natural genes in corn, according to the release. The achievement in corn is a particularly important breakthrough for plant scientists as Inari works to develop crops that offer superior performance while requiring fewer inputs, including chemical fertilizer and water.