- Strategic expansion to Belgium complements Inari’s Cambridge and Purdue locations, providesenhanced resources for plant breeding and fuels research and development process.
- Partnerships with Belgian life sciences and agriculture institutes, VIB and ILVO, allow access tocutting-edge plant biology and genomics research.
- In Ghent, Inari will initially focus on increasing water and nitrogen-use efficiencies in crops,characteristics critical to addressing climate change and reducing the need for chemicalfertilizers.
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. – Feb. 6, 2019 – Inari, a company revolutionizing plant breeding by tapping intonatural genetic diversity, today expands its research footprint to Europe, with the opening of a laboratoryin Ghent, Belgium. The launch represents the company’s first expansion outside of the United States andprovides Inari access to advanced resources and talent in one of the world’s premier hubs for plantresearch.
In Belgium, Inari is initially focused on increasing water and nitrogen-use efficiency. Crops that possessthese attributes help address critical issues related to climate change and over-reliance on chemicalfertilizers, which impact global food supplies and the environment.
Inari has partnered with VIB, the renowned life sciences research institute, and ILVO, the institute foragriculture, fisheries and food in Flanders. Through these partnerships, Inari has access to high-caliberexpertise in plant biology and genomics as well as state-of-the art phenotyping and greenhouse facilities.“We are excited that Inari selected Ghent as the ideal place to expand its research efforts,” said VIBManaging Director Johan Cardoen Ph.D. “With our similar goals to advance agricultural innovation, VIBand Inari will change crop development for the better as we lighten agriculture’s environmental impact andaddress critical global challenges related to nutrition.”
Inari’s 550-square-meter laboratory and office facility is located at BioScape, a leading life sciencesincubator adjacent to VIB
“Ghent is a center of excellence in plant science, and we are excited to tap into the rich researchcommunity here as we accelerate our efforts and challenge an industry that is unquestionably overdue for innovation,” said Inari CEO Ponsi Trivisvavet. “By working collaboratively with VIB and ILVO, we willcontinue to make steady progress toward our goal of advancing agriculture.”
Founded by Flagship Pioneering in 2016, Inari seeks a winning food system with its industry-disruptingSeed Foundry™, a process which taps the natural genetic diversity of plants in the context of climatechange and respect for our environment. Inari works with seed companies to co-develop highperformance seeds, with innovations directly benefiting farmers. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts,with development sites in West Lafayette, Indiana, and Ghent, Belgium, Inari has a growing team of over85 employees. To learn more, visit Inari.com or follow us on Twitter @inari_ag.
VIB is a life sciences research institute in Flanders, Belgium. With more than 1,470 scientists from over60 countries, VIB performs basic research into the molecular foundations of life and focuses ontranslating basic scientific results into agricultural, pharmaceutical and industrial applications. VIB isfunded by the Flemish government and works in close partnership with five universities: UGent, KULeuven, University of Antwerp, Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Hasselt University.
ILVO stands for multidisciplinary, independent research and specialized service provision in all fieldsrelated to agriculture, fisheries and food in Flanders. ILVO, an internationally recognized scientificinstitute, is part of the Government of Flanders.