Hortense Dodo Presents at First Flight “Itineraries” March 21, 2023

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!

North Carolina is Sowing Seeds of Success for AgTech Startups.

Dr. Hortense Dodo, Co-Founder and President of Ingateygen, an AgTech startup at FFVCNC whose mission is to deliver allergen-free peanuts, says “North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park is a gold mine which can help accelerate the upward evolution of any company.” Ingateygen recently moved to the area because of the ecosystem at RTP and Dr. Dodo explains why “The sheer number of brilliant entrepreneurs, investors, leaders, academicians, Medical Doctors etc … creates a unique and vibrant ecosystem in which any motivated entrepreneur can thrive and be successful.”

Distinguished Speaker at the Plant Animal Genome Conference – January 2024

Announcing our inaugural workshop at #PAG31 conference, ‘Accelerating Innovations by Leveraging Startup Ecosystem in Agriculture.’ This exclusive event centers on Agri-startups revolutionizing agriculture with omics and molecular technologies. Our Founder/CEO Rajesh Perianayagam Ph.D. will lead the session.

Join us for an evening of groundbreaking insights with our distinguished speaker Dr. Hortense Dodo, Ph.D., Co-founder/President, IngateyGen LLC, paving the way to discover the future of allergen-reduced peanuts and the pivotal steps in their development at the workshop on January 16, 2024, from 6:20 pm to 8:30 pm in Pacific H-I (2nd Floor) at the Town and Country Resort, San Diego, California, USA.

AgTech Propeller

😀✈️What an amazing finish to our AgTech Propeller Demo Day, which wrapped up a 7-week pre-accelerator program. The First Flight team is still buzzing with excitement.

We heard from seven groundbreaking companies that shared their company pitches: Fafabiotic LLC, AcreShield Technologies, SOLCarb, Onda Vision Technologies, Inc., SCS Research, IngateyGen LLC, and Sable Fermentation.

A massive thank you to North Carolina Biotechnology Center (NCBiotech), NCMEP, and NC IDEA for sponsoring these companies!