What a wonderful year it has been for us at IngateyGen LLC!
In March, IngateyGen relocated its operations from Elizabeth City, NC to the Research Triangle Park, NC, connecting us to a new ecosystem with a whole network of incredibly talented people, including entrepreneurs, investors, political leaders, academics, and medical doctors. IngateyGen hired two new scientists, Emily Brooks our Lab Manager/Lab Technician and Ahmed Elsayed, Ph.D. Elsayed a Postdoctoral Researcher.
As a resident company at First Flight Venture Center, we’ve been exposed to many great opportunities from the get-go. Just a week after moving in, Hortense Dodo kicked us off with a fantastic talk (https://lnkd.in/eD98hwDQ) as part of the FFVC’s Itineraries. Later in the spring, we shared our technology and goals with Congresswoman Valerie Foushee and Congressman Wiley Nickel during their visits. Additionally, Hortense participated in FFVC’s Agtech Propeller cohort alongside a handful of other incredible startup founders. She also participated in the Captain Circle program which encourages FFVC resident companies to join a circle of trusted entrepreneurs, treating us with speakers including Dr. Rodolphe Barrangou, renowned CRISPR expert. Lastly, we had the chance to showcase at the third annual High Flyer Award Luncheon alongside the other phenomenal resident companies of First Flight.
This year, we have had the chance to build our networks and showcase our technology at multiple events across North Carolina. In June, the IngateyGen team attended the Purple Tomato event at the NC Biotech Center, celebrating the release of Norfolk Healthy Produce‘s high anthocyanin tomato. In July, Hortense and Emily attended the Defense Technology Summit hosted by DEFTECH at Fayetteville Technical Community College and the Medical Biomedical Biodefense conference. In September, Koffi Konan and Hortense participated in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Connect event at NCA&T in Greensboro. IngateyGen also took part in the Innovation Showcase at NC State’s Climate Change Solutions Conference. In October, Hortense took part in the NC Food Innovation Lab’s pitch contest in Kannapolis and the full IngateyGen team attended the Plant Genome Editing and Genomics Conference in Raleigh where we showcased a poster!
IngateyGen has continued to move forward with improving peanut traits using CRISPR genome editing technology, propelling progress forward for our allergen-reduced peanut, the oil-modified peanut, and the enhanced-protein peanut projects and towards commercialization.
The IngateyGen team is thankful to Ag TechInventures and to each one of its partners, collaborators, consultants, investors, suppliers, and everyone in our network for your contributions and all the growth we experienced in 2023 and we look forward to greater success in 2024!