AFINGEN’s new patent-pending APFL technology was published on WIPO: WO2019148193

Aug, 2019

Source: WO2019148193 COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR INCREASING PLANT GROWTH AND IMPROVING MULTIPLE YIELD-RELATED TRAITS The present invention relates to genetic constructs and transgenic plants with vascular xylem tissue-targeting overexpression of transcription factors (TFs) involved in vascular xylem cell development, as well as their methods of use for enhancing plant growth and yield.

Ai Oikawa, CEO/CSO, introduced the patent-pending technology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, School of Life Sciences

Nov, 2018

THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG SEMINAR SERIES 2018 – 2019 Source: http://www.sls.cuhk.edu.hk/index.php/about-us/the-school The School of Life Sciences was established in August 2010 by merging the Biochemistry (BCHE) and Biology (BIOL) Departments under the Faculty of Science. The School now has 49 teaching staff, and 66 technical, administrative and clerical staff. There are also 80…

AFINGEN presented R&D outcomes at the 6th Plant Genomics & Gene Editing Congress: USA

Oct, 2018

Source: 6th Plant Genomics & Gene Editing Congress: USA UTILIZING NGS, OMICS & GENE EDITING AS TOOLS FOR PROGRESSING PLANT RESEARCH Building on the successes of our global Plant Science series of events, Global Engage is pleased to announce the co-located 6th Plant Genomics & Gene Editing Congress USA and 3rd Partnerships in Biocontrol, Biostimulants &…

Ai Oikawa, CEO/CSO, received Excellence Award at China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition for Overseas Talents 2018

May, 2018

Source: China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition for Overseas Talents 2018 Jointly endorsed and approved by the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) and the People’s Government of Zhejiang Province, The China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition for Overseas Talents will take place from January to May of 2018 with its finals to be held in…

Ai Oikawa, CEO/CSO, introduced the patent-pending technology at the Zhejiang University, College of Life Sciences

May, 2018

Founded in 1897, Zhejiang University is committed to the highest standards of excellence in education and research and has been at the forefront of academic leadership in China.    College of Life Sciences, Zhejiang University, developed from the former Department of Biology, National Zhejiang University founded in September 1929, is proud of its almost 90…

AFINGEN introduced the R&D activity at Seed Central Ag-Tech Showcase 2018

Feb, 2018

Seed Central Ag-Tech Showcase 2018 Seed Central is a public-private partnership. Its purpose is to energize the seed and agbiotech industry cluster surrounding UC Davis and to contribute to the economic development in the region and beyond. Seed Central facilitates communication & research collaboration between the seed and agbiotech industry and UC Davis in order…

AFINGEN was introduced on AgFunder’s Ag Biotech Market Map: Startups Using Biology & Chemistry to Revolutionize Agriculture

Nov, 2017

Ag Biotech (agriculture biotechnology)  applies to all technologies used on the farm involving biological or chemical processes. It is a broad category involving many types of technology and science, including breeding, genetics, microbiome research, and animal health and nutrition. Ag biotech is a central component of the agrifood tech investing landscape with startups raising $262 million…

AFINGEN received $125k Phase I grant from NASA STTR FY2017 Program for Efficient Crop Nutrient Recycling System Development

Jun, 2017

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs merge the overarching potential of small firms with the legendary intellect of NASA.  These partnerships spur a kind of innovation that not only propels technology into the future, but most importantly, into the nation. By providing opportunities for small businesses and research…

AFINGEN presented the technology and R&D outcomes at TechConnect World 2017

May, 2017

The TechConnect World Innovation Conference co-locates with the largest global innovation program in physical and life sciences. The joint programs include the Nanotech 2017 Conference, the National Innovation Summit and the National SBIR/STTR Conference.

AFINGEN introduced the technology at 2017 Ag Innovation Showcase, UC Davis

May, 2017

The Food & Ag Innovation Showcase will feature the most promising Ag startups and research projects pursuing solutions in high value, nutritious agriculture and food from across the globe. The 2017 selected companies fall into the following categories: AgBio Tech, Animal Health, Diagnostics, Farming Innovations, and Food Science.

Carolyn Fritz M.B.A. and Kenneth Davenport Ph.D. join Afingen management team

Nov, 2016

Carolyn Fritz, M.B.A has over twenty years of experience in successfully building industrial biotechnology businesses. As part of the Afingen team, she advises strategy and commercialization plans to penetrate the markets and build the company. Kenneth Davenport, Ph.D. is an agricultural industry veteran, having served in leadership and executive capacities as Vice President of Strategy…

AFINGEN received $100k Phase I grant from USDA SBIR FY2016 Program for Fast-growing, High-yielding Forage Crop Development

Aug, 2016

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers competitively awarded grants to qualified small businesses to support high quality research related to important scientific problems and opportunities in agriculture that could lead to significant public benefits.

Ai Oikawa, CEO/CSO, presented AFINGEN’s technology and outcomes at Seed Central

Feb, 2016

Seed Central facilitates communication & research collaboration between the seed and agbiotech industry and UC Davis in order to bring science to market faster.

AFINGEN celebrates JBEI’s elite 100/500 club

Oct, 2015

DOE’s Joint BioEnergy Institute has Filed for 100 Patents and Published 500 Scientific Papers

AFINGEN established a contract partnership with the Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit (ABPDU) based on a funding from DOE BETO

Jul, 2015

ABPDU is proud to be a partner of Cyclotron Road, a program of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory supported by the U.S. Department of Energy EERE Advanced Manufacturing Office.

AFINGEN received $225k Phase I grant from DOE SBIR FY2015 Program for Yeast Strain Development

Mar, 2015

A new synthetic biology technique enables engineered yeast strains to increase production of advanced biofuel compounds by 50x to compete favorably with the cost of 2D diesel.

AFINGEN’s activities were introduced by Berkeley Lab News Center – “New Lab Startup Afingen Uses Precision Method to Enhance Plants”

Oct, 2014

Berkeley Lab breakthrough can lead to cheaper biofuels, improved crops, and new products from plants.

AFINGEN’s advisers, Dr. Dominique Loqué & Dr. Henrik Scheller received 2014 R&D 100 Award

Jul, 2014

Tissue-Specific Cell-Wall Engineering for Biofuels and Biomaterials is a suite of precision genetic tools that will improve crops bred for production of food, biofuels, industrial polymers, and pharmaceuticals.

AFINGEN was established as a startup from LBNL

Mar, 2014

Since 1990, Berkeley Lab technology has formed the basis for over 40 start-ups, creating over 2,000 new jobs in these companies alone.

AFINGEN received $1.72M research grant from DOE SBIR Fast-track program

Feb, 2014

The US Small Business Administration serves as the coordinating agency for the SBIR program. It directs the agencies’ implementation of SBIR, reviews their progress, and reports annually to Congress on its operation. SBA is also the information link to SBIR program.