A start-up that's looking to manipulate plant genetics to help crops more efficiently make fuel from sunlight, water and carbon dioxide.
A business that wants to increase sales for "lab in a box" designed to detect infections in dairy cows more quickly.
Triangle entrepreneurs are working to develop those and other ideas into new or bigger companies. They made pitches on Thursday at a showcase of the state's agricultural biotechnology sector.
The event was hosted by the N.C. Biotechnology Center, a state-funded nonprofit that provides funding to new businesses or scientists to help grow the sector in the state.
The event included pitches by entrepreneurs starting or building companies in the agricultural biotechnology sector and panel discussions, including one focused on the process of spinning out ideas from universities.
And in response to a question about whether there are incentives for university professors and staff members to found and lead start-ups,
Sexton's office is responsible for identifying and bringing to market technology developed out of research at
Faculty at the university largely understand the value of commercialization and want to see ideas moved to the marketplace, Sexton said, and the school has awards to recognize staff that do. But she said depending on the department, it sometimes isn't given much weight in the tenure process, and some department heads dissuade non-tenured professors from taking active roles as CEOs in start-ups.
One of the eight start-ups that gave pitches on Thursday was
Another start-up showcased was
Pearce said they're envisioning the product as selling to organic farmers as a "natural" pesticide.
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