US (IN): Inari breaks ground on new greenhouse with Gov. Holcomb

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb stopped in West Lafayette Wednesday to congratulate a seed gene-editing company that continues to grow in this Central Indiana soil.

Inari Agriculture used Holcomb's visit to highlight its greenhouse expansion. “We are so incredibly grateful that you have chosen to grow and grow and grow,” Gov. Holcomb said, addressing Inari Agriculture, located in West Lafayette, during a visit to the company. “It’s just so impressive what you’re doing here. And even more so, the impact it’s going to have on the world.”

Ponsi Trivisvavet, CEO of Inari, spoke on behalf of the company’s greenhouse expansion on Wednesday. First founded in December 2016, Inari uses complex gene-editing artificial intelligence to “unlock the full potential of seed.”

“We’re trying to truly understand and get the full potential out of this little, tiny unsung hero seed,” Trivisvavet said. “We use the predictive design to truly understand those little genes, little DNA, everything in the seeds. And then we use multiplex gene editing to unlock its full potential.”

Those joining Gov. Holcomb were representatives from local government, such as Tippecanoe County Commissioners Thomas Murtaugh, David Byers, and Tracy Brown, and West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis.

Gov. Holcomb highlighted a sense of integrity that he said goes into what Inari does. “It’s been said that when a seed wants to rise, it drops everything that’s weighing it down,” Gov. Holcomb said. “And we take that very same approach. We try to drop all the things that weigh down what goes into your mission.”

Trivisvavet told the Journal & Courier why Greater Lafayette was the choice location for Inari. “There are a lot of combinations (of reasons) around that,” Trivisvavet said. “One is, of course, in the center of the corn belt, the soy belt. It is really important to be next to the customers and the farmers.

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