Representatives of Nebraska’s Biotech Connector - Eric Zeece, who is Innovation Manager of Invest Nebraska Corporation, and Cobus Block, who is International Business Manager of the Department of Economic Development of the State of Nebraska - visited Genopole on May 23-24, 2018, specifically to discuss collaborative developments in synthetic biology.

The Biotech Connector is a collaboration between the State of Nebraska’s Department of Economic Development, Invest Nebraska Corporation, the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA), Bio Nebraska, and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Located in Lincoln, Biotech Connector seeks to establish new commercially-driven R&D collaborations in ventures that compliment Nebraska’s native strengths.
Nebraska produces a variety of cereals (e.g., corn, soyabean, alfalfa), and as a result of the feedstock that it generates, it has also developed its own base in industrial biotechnology, especially for bioethanol production.

The meetings with Genopole’s companies and scientists included presentations by Ynsect, Innovafeed, Abolis, Alter as well as by Jean-Loup Faulon of the INRA (France’s National Agronomic Research Institute).
This first encounter between Genopole and Biotech Connector was already followed up by meetings in Boston at BIO-2018, where parties further explored means of bridging upstream R&D capabilities at Genopole and downstream feedstock-based production facilities in Nebraska.