TechAccel launches new company and makes more investments in biopesticides : Biofuels Digest

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In Missouri, TechAccel launched RNAissance Ag LLC, a new company that holds the exclusive license to RNA-interference technology in partnership with the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, MO. The new company will use the proprietary technology in the development of sprayable insect control measures.

TechAccel also announced it participated in GreenLight Biosciences Inc.’s latest funding round, with an interest in collaborative research leveraging GreenLight’s technology in advancing biopesticides.

“We are demonstrating the potential of RNAi technology to develop into a sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative to chemical pesticides,” said Michael Helmstetter, Ph.D., founder, president and CEO of TechAccel.

“An RNAi pesticide is highly specific to the target insect and is not toxic to other organisms,” he said. “Further, we believe biopesticides can be more effectively applied than chemical sprays, reducing cost, waste and health risks to workers and the environment.”

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