“RNAissance Ag is a great example of exactly what we are striving to accomplish; partnering basic research from the Center with collaborators like TechAccel to create sustainable agriculture solutions,” said Stephanie Regagnon, Executive Director of Innovation Partnerships at the Danforth Center. “This strengthens the entire 39N ecosystem.”
TechAccel is currently hiring research associates, a senior RNAi biologist, and a senior entomologist.
“It’s only fitting that we locate our team in the heart of the nation’s largest concentration of plant science researchers and ag-biotech innovators,” said Tina Youngblood, Ph.D., TechAccel’s Chief Finance and Administrative Officer. “It’s the right spot for creative collaboration and innovation.”
TechAccel already has strong ties to the St. Louis agriculture ecosystem.TechAccel’s team was formerly housed in the Danforth Center, and the two entities have a strategic relationship
through TechAccel’s Path to Commercialization grant program. This program funds research, like the RNAi platform technology, with a goal of commercializing agricultural innovations from the laboratory into the marketplace.
In addition to the collaboration program with the Danforth Center, the company has invested in other agtech firms and supports the AgInnovation Showcase
, among other regional programs.