2017 started off with a bang at Larta Institute, with Ag Innovation Showcase alumnus Barrix Agro Sciences leading the way.
In January, TIME, Inc. and McKinsey and Company awarded Barrix Agro Sciences the 2017 TIME India Startup Innovator at the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Partnership Summit in Andhra Pradesh, India. A jury of leading business figures from the likes of General Electric, TIME, and ICICI Bank, selected Barrix Agro Sciences from among 18 finalists.
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Last September XTB Laboratories won Larta Institute’s first “Ideas, energized” prize at the 2016 Ag Innovation Showcase. The prize included $10k, a year of commercialization consulting from Larta Institute, and open doors to our wide network. Vox will check in periodically on XTB’s progress. This is the first of four installments.
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From our partners at Sidley Austin
March 24, 2017
There has long been uncertainty about when and how U.S. regulators would respond to emerging genetic technologies such as gene editing (e.g., CRISPR, TALENs). This uncertainty has posed issues for a range of innovators who are quickly adopting these techniques as a more targeted, efficient tool to achieve desired products. In a series of publications, the agencies responsible for the Coordinated Framework for Biotechnology, namely USDA, FDA and EPA, have finally provided some insight into how regulators might approach these products and they invite comments from stakeholders on how best to proceed. Each agency proposal has the potential to significantly shape the integration of emerging genetic technologies into product development. It is important for stakeholders to understand these developments and engage with regulators to shape policy in a rapidly evolving area. Click here to download the full article.
Ag Innovation Showcase at Davis, organized by the World Food Center and Larta Institute will include a keynote address from Tom Nassif, President and CEO of the Western Growers Association. A sneak peak at what’s on Tom’s mind can be found in his blog, Nassif’s Notes. His articles in the past year have often explored the intersection of public policy and trends in agriculture, highlighting his concerns and opinions on a diverse range of topics. Topics of particular interest to Showcase attendees include: the shortfall of technically skilled labor and its impact on the future of agriculture, the implications for farm families and farm employees of the current move by the Republican majority in Congress to revise or repeal the Affordable Care Act, and water policies as mandated by state and federal regulations.
Larta CEO, Rohit Shukla, will be one of two keynote speakers at the upcoming the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) Forum in Minnesota.
AURI Forum to Tackle New Uses for Ag Products
“There are so many exciting things happening around innovations and opportunities to develop new uses for Minnesota’s diverse crops and agricultural products,” said Shannon Schlecht, AURI executive director. “Participants are sure to leave with a greater awareness of resources and opportunities available and hopefully energized about moving new and innovative utilization ideas forward.”
The event includes panel discussions with question-and-answer sessions, networking opportunities and speakers from universities, commodity groups, financial companies, government agencies and farm membership organizations.
There are two keynote speakers: Chris Mallett, corporate vice president of research and development for CargillCorp., and Rohit Shukla, CEO of Larta institute, a Los Angeles-based organization that seeks to assist “the transformation of technology ideas into solutions.”