AFINGEN was introduced in ABPDU partners map on DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO)’s article

May, 2020

Source: https://www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/articles/abpdu-celebrates-successes-and-its-50th-industry-partner The ABPDU serves as a scale-up testbed for collaborators developing technologies that transform raw materials—such as plants and waste—into sustainable products that affect our everyday lives. The DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office provides co-shared funding to the ABPDU industry partners to demonstrate these technologies and systems at progressive scales. The ABPDU was established in…

AFINGEN was introduced in TechAccel Ag Biotech Market Map 2020: Stunning growth in Ag Biotech Market investments

Apr, 2020

Source: https://techaccel.net/2020/03/26/stunning-growth-in-ag-biotech-market-investments/ Two years ago, we shared a map of the Ag Biotech Market that showed 245 startups working in plant and animal biotechnology. Since that original map, we’ve continued to track the market and, this year found a stunning doubling of investment dollars – $6.9 billion across 385 companies, compared to $3.4 billion in…

AFINGEN’s new patent-pending APFL technology was published on World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO): WO2019148193

Mar, 2020

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.  

“AFINGEN” becomes a business trademark in International Class 41 and 45 under the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Jan, 2020

“AFINGEN” becomes a business trademark of the Astalake Biosystems, Inc. DBA: AFINGEN, Inc., in International Class (IC) 042: Research and development services relating to plant genetics; consulting services in the area of plant genetics; research and product development for others in the field of genetically engineered plants and plant seeds, and International Class (IC) 045:…

Ai Oikawa, CEO/CSO, introduced patent-pending technology at 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 &…

AFINGEN introduced R&D activity at Nikkei’s AG/SUM Summit 2018

Jun, 2018

AG/SUM (Agritech Summit) 2018 (https://2018.agsum.jp/) was presented by Nikkei from June 11 in Tokyo’s Nihombashi area, which from the Edo era has been home to Shinto shrines dedicated to medicinal plants. The district, under redevelopment by Mitsui Fudosan which was a major event sponsor, also has a concentration of pharmaceuticals firms ranging the gamut from Daiichi-Sankyo…

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

May, 2018

Source: http://www.ibeehub.org/en/2018/02/15/china-innovation-and-entrepreneurship-competition-for-overseas-talents/ 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 took place from January to May of 2018 with its finals that were held in Hangzhou between the 24th and 27th of the period.…

Ai Oikawa, CEO/CSO, introduced patent-pending technology at 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 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 TechAccel & AgFunder’s Ag Biotech Market Map 2017: 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 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

Source: https://worldfoodcenter.ucdavis.edu/uc-davis-larta-launch-agtech-showcase 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…

AFINGEN received $100k Phase I grant from USDA NIFA SBIR FY2016 Program for Fast-growing High-yield Forage Crops 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. Source: https://www.sbir.gov/sbirsearch/detail/1203777 Alfalfa and sorghum are two major forage crops in the U.S.…

Ai Oikawa CEO/CSO presented AFINGEN’s technology at the Seed Central sponsored by UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center

Feb, 2016

Source: http://sbc.ucdavis.edu/Outreach_and_Public_Service/Seed_Central/ Seed Central is a public-private partnership. Its purpose is to energize the seed 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 industry and UC Davis in order to bring science to market faster. UC…

AFINGEN celebrates DOE Joint BioEnergy Institute: JBEI’s Elite 100/500 Club

Oct, 2015

Source: https://newscenter.lbl.gov/2015/10/02/jbei-joins-elite-100500-club/ DOE’s Joint BioEnergy Institute has Filed for 100 Patents and Published 500 Scientific Papers.  Companies that have licensed JBEI technologies include Lygos, which is using synthetic biology techniques to produce new chemical compounds, TeselaGen, which is building a bioCAD/CAM rapid prototyping system for biology, and, most recently, AFINGEN, which is using a new…

AFINGEN collaborates with the Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit (ABPDU) through funding from DOE EERE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO)

Jul, 2015

The ABPDU serves as a scale-up testbed for collaborators developing technologies that transform raw materials—such as plants and waste—into sustainable products that affect our everyday lives. The DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office provides co-shared funding to the ABPDU industry partners to demonstrate these technologies and systems at progressive scales. AFINGEN collaborates with the ABPDU for large-scale…

AFINGEN received $225k Phase I grant from DOE SBIR FY2015 Program for Biomanufacturing System Development

Mar, 2015

Source: https://www.sbir.gov/sbirsearch/detail/832069 Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) recently developed a suite of synthetic biology tools, collectively called the Artificial Positive Feedback Loop (APFL), which enables the engineering of microorganisms to amplify specific metabolic pathways without deleterious effects to the overall health of the organism. Consequently, precursors to many isoprenoid derivatives leading to high energy density…

AFINGEN was established as a startup from LBNL: “New Lab Startup Afingen Uses Precision Method to Enhance Plants”

Oct, 2014

Source: https://newscenter.lbl.gov/2014/10/29/new-lab-startup-afingen-uses-precision-method-to-enhance-plants/ Berkeley Lab breakthrough can lead to cheaper biofuels, improved crops, and new products from plants. Imagine being able to precisely control specific tissues of a plant to enhance desired traits without affecting the plant’s overall function. Thus a rubber tree could be manipulated to produce more natural latex. Trees grown for wood could…

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

Jul, 2014

Each year, R & D Magazine’s R&D 100 Awards are presented to the 100 most significant new technologies. Over the past 35 years, Berkeley Lab has received 95 R&D 100 awards. 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,…

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

Feb, 2014

Source: https://science.osti.gov/sbir The SBIR and STTR programs are U.S. Government programs, intended to help certain small businesses conduct R&D. At DOE, funding takes the form of grants. Projects must have the potential for commercialization and meet specific DOE mission-specific R&D needs. DOE offers more than sixty technical topics and 250 subtopics, spanning research areas that…