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Out of 166, the Global Startup Heat Map highlights 5 Top Animal Genomics Solutions impacting Agriculture
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The Global Startup Heat Map below reveals the distribution of the 166 exemplary startups & scaleups we analyzed for this research. Further, it highlights 5 startups that we hand-picked based on criteria such as founding year, location, funding raised, and more. You get to explore the solutions of these 5 startups & scaleups in this report. For insights on the other 161 animal genomics solutions for agriculture, get in touch.
Haystack provides a Genetic Marketplace
Agronomists now use genomics approaches for trait selection to breed animals. However, it is costly and requires specialized expertise, which is beyond the reach of farm operators. To bridge this gap, startups create genomic databases of animals to assist farm operators in picking the most suitable genetic samples from livestock.
Canadian startup Haystack provides a marketplace with a database of genetic information about livestock through its mobile app. Genetic Marketplace provides simplified summaries of genetic data such as expected milk, fat, and protein content. The mobile application also allows users to search through a range of livestock genetic information including registration number, semen code, full name, and short name. This enables breeders to focus on selecting the best semen samples based on simple and quantified genetic information.
Breed XY offers Genetic Evaluation for Breeding
Farmers selectively breed animals that are healthier and disease-resistant while providing more milk, fur, etc. This way, fewer animals are required to meet demand and keep costs economical for larger operations. Consequently, startups are offering platforms that enable farmers to record, track, and evaluate genetic information specifically for the purpose of breeding.
Romanian startup Breed XY provides an integrated web and mobile suite for breeding programs. The startup’s system features three components — an animal registry, a record of animal performance metrics, and a genetic evaluation test. Through data gathering, validation, statistics, and reporting, the platform allows farms and breeding operations to propagate specificities and identify animals with optimal breeding potential.
Danish Genetics develops a Pig Genome Selection Platform
To keep up with the increasing requirements from pig farms, breeders use inbreeding, linebreeding, outcrossing, random mating, and cross-breeding. However, these techniques have the risk of expressing undesirable genes in the offspring. Therefore, to improve reliability in creating offspring with the desired traits, startups are developing technologies that select specific traits from pig genomes.
Danish startup Danish Genetics specializes in breeding pigs with specific traits. The startup’s tool collects a range of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) markers from each animal for their database and facilitates selecting ideal breeding candidates. It extracts DNA from an animal’s ear tissue and determines the animal’s characteristics. This enables pig farmers to breed better pigs and increase the value from genetic origin to food production.
RenOVAte Biosciences provides On-Demand Genome Editing
Genome editing in the farming industry creates livestock with superior disease resistance, fur, and milk quality, etc. This is achieved using a range of tools and techniques such as recombinant DNA, DNA sequencing, and bioinformatics. Although engineering genomes has its benefits, the downsides include potential unintended or off-target effects and side-effects in future generations. To avoid this, startups provide platforms to produce model organisms to test genetic treatments and studies.
US-based RenOVAte Biosciences offers precision genome editing and genetic engineering in livestock. The startup provides genome editing solutions for pigs, cattle, and small ruminants using a patented model organism generation technology. This also allows RenOVAte Biosciences to test the commercial and academic viability through gene therapy trials. The startup’s technology is working on a universal Cas9 expressing pig that is ideal for screening and gene function studies.
Phase Genomics offers a Reference Genome Generation Platform
Reference genomes significantly reduce time and costs in the research and development of genome-based technology. Typically, reference genomes databases serve as a representative example of the genes of an idealized organism and function as guides upon which new genomes are built. Due to the benefits provided by reference genomes, startups are developing platforms that assist genomic research by creating high-quality reference genomes.
US-based Phase Genomics develops a platform for the generation of high-quality, chromosome-scale eukaryotic reference genomes. The startup’s platform, Proximo, provides genetic insights for researchers and companies working on plant and animal evolution, adaptation, and biodiversity. The platform benefits farms and livestock breeders by optimizing breeding programs and increasing disease resistance.
Discover more AgriTech Startups
AgriTech startups such as the examples highlighted in this report focus on genome editing, phenotyping, as well as omics technologies. While all of these technologies play a major role in advancing the agricultural industry, they only represent the tip of the iceberg. To explore more agricultural technologies, simply get in touch to let us look into your areas of interest. For a more general overview, you can download our free AgriTech Innovation Report to save your time and improve strategic decision-making.