In Florida, The Digest announced the NEXT 50, “the 50 Next Companies to Disrupt the World”, for 2020, The NEXT 50 are companies whose emerging technology promises to disrupt markets (or is already doing so) and powering a transition from the old economy to the bioeconomy based on rapid innovation and the sustainable use of natural, renewable resources.
The advanced bioeconomy has diversified significantly and the NEXT 50 includes companies focused on fuels, chemicals, foods, new crops and crop protection, animal feeds, and engineered biology services. In all, 17 materials companies were recognized, 7 from crop development and agtech, 9 in advanced foods and feed, 11 from fuels & chemicals, 11 in engineered biology products & services.
The NEXT 50 will be officially recognized at ABLC 2021 in Washington DC.
“There were a number of companies that poll extremely well in our HOT 50 rankings but were too advanced in their journey to commercial scale, or had been recognized in our 2019 cohort,” said Digest editor Jim Lane. “And we had companies like Twist for whom the designation was long overdue. So, we consider that the NEXT 50 represents the next generation of companies coming along, but there are plenty of others out there that are disrupting the world in the years to come.”
The companies comprising the NEXT 50 for 2020 are recognized below.