Many speak about the importance of diversity and multidisciplinary approaches for “disruptive innovation,” but Inari is the first time I’ve truly seen it happening. Our science team alone is something to behold, with an incredibly diverse set of backgrounds, including plant biology, genomics, cancer research, mathematics and physics, just to name a few.
I believe this is truly the right team at the right time, built for the right challenge. Pushing frontiers, achieving with a group of passionate people what others think is impossible but needs to be done, for an outcome that will impact so many people’s lives – that is our shared purpose. It’s also why I joined Inari and enjoy building it together every day.
In a career spanning both academic and corporate roles, one constant has been my desire to take on what others have called impossible but will provide value to breeders and farmers. Before joining Inari, I led the international effort to sequence the bread wheat genome (as founder and co-chair of the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium, or IWGSC) and led the team at INRA (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique) in France that first cracked the genetic code of the largest wheat chromosome – a chromosome that alone is as big as the soybean genome.
Many people did not believe we would succeed when we started the IWGSC, but we did. The same will be true here at Inari.
Our unique combination of predictive design and multiplex gene editing enables us to deal with the complexity of nature and eventually design the right seeds for the right environment, achieving our vision to have a nature-positive impact. The progress I’ve already seen within our walls is both promising and inspiring, and I can’t wait to share it with the world.