19 Feb

Here’s an insider’s view on the important gene gun technology we’re using in our science advancement project on an RNAi-based biopesticide. [See Plant Transformation via biolistics.] The details come from Jeffrey Staub, Ph.D., a TechAccel science advancement program manager, with deep expertise with biolistic transformation via the gene gun. Jeff is also the founder, president […]

15 Feb

One of TechAccel’s science advancement projects, supporting a biopesticide trial with the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and the start-up company Plastomics Inc., has researchers taking “target practice” in the lab delivering DNA into tobacco plants using a gene gun. The target practice is part of a research project, called “Danforth Biosprey,” led by Nigel […]

11 Jul

It started with a simple error. The young rice plants were carefully ordered in the greenhouse, arranged in rows labeled with their specific transgenic modification. All conditions controlled, the stage was set for an experiment to determine if the transgenic manipulation in these strains of rice would improve photosynthesis and, therefore, yield. But instead they […]

30 Apr

Adapted from a keynote presentation delivered by TechAccel President and  CEO Michael Helmstetter, Ph.D., at the 2017 InvestMidwest Forum. You may have seen some of the numbers that explain the TechAccel focus: By 2050, we’ll have more than 9 billion people on the planet That means we’ll need 70 percent more food than we produce […]

28 Mar

With every project we evaluate, we tap into our (growing) network of thought-leading technical and market experts to conduct due diligence. It’s part of our secret sauce, our unique strategy to increase our probability of project success. We’re counting on insights from our team of scientists and financial experts, as well as our team members […]

12 Feb

Venture Capital plays an important role in the period in a company’s life when it truly begins to scale and commercialize its innovation. This investment focuses on building the infrastructure required to grow the business, as wells the validation and advancement of the core innovation. In other words, it’s the investment in a company’s Product(s) and Platform(s) until it reaches a sufficient size […]

14 Jan

The United Nations estimates that the world population is 7.2 billion people today, growing to 8.1 billion by 2025 and 9.6 billion by 2050, an increase of 12.5 percent and 33 percent respectively. Not only will there be more people to feed, but the middle class will more than double in size from 2 billion today […]

10 Dec

We’re using that line a lot to describe our unique business model. Let’s explore it a little more. Our strategy is focused on co-development of transformative animal, plant, and food ingredient technologies in partnership with global and emerging companies. Global partners have leading market positions in developed economies of the United States and the European […]

01 Dec

The TechAccel science advancement model emerged from discussions examining the commercialization of new ideas, the need for collaboration between early-stage companies and research, and the potential for collaboration with global Ag/Animal Health firms. The Kansas State University Institute for Commercialization had identified a clear gap between technology concept and strong supporting evidence that a technology will […]