Davos on the Delta brings together key entrepreneurs, investors, early adopter customers, and ag industry leaders, with a single idea: information. The Innovation Showcase puts the leading thinkers in food system innovation in front of this audience, all sharing their technologies, opportunities and growth challenges.
Companies that will be speaking during the Innovation Showcase
AcreTrader is an investing platform that makes it easy for people to buy shares of farmland and earn passive income. Farmland is one of America’s largest and most attractive asset classes, with historical combined annual returns approaching 12% and lower volatility that most other real estate sectors, but it has remained out of reach for most investors until now. AcreTrader removes traditional barriers to ownership, allowing investors to get started with as little as $1,000, while taking care of all the complexities of farm management and administration.
Agrela Ecosystems is leading the development of a sustainable technology called the PheNode: a modular, customizable, solar powered, cloud-connected environmental sensing and crop monitoring station. Product inflexibility and high costs continue to dominate the market of sensor tech for plant research applications. Agrela aims to lower the barrier to entry for advanced crop improvement technologies while offering unparalleled flexibility and custom solutions for researchers in a scalable and transformative way. The PheNode allows for effective remote tracking of crop performance, guiding data-driven decisions for breeders and accelerating efforts to improve high-value field and greenhouse-grown food crops.
Agribody Technologies, Inc. is an agricultural biotech licensing and co-development company that applies a proven solution to food-sourcing problems due to ever-growing population, extreme weather and decreasing farmland availability by significantly increasing crop yields. Our patented genetic modification or genome editing technology also delays onset of plant senescence, while increasing tolerance to diseases and sublethal stresses such as drought, heat, cold, salt, low nutrients and crowding in many key crop plants.
Developer of commodity management services intended to integrate the global grains industry. The company’s services combine technical and industry expertise to provide seamless service to complex commodity, logistical, risk and customer management issues, enabling agricultural professionals to make transaction and settlement of agricultural commodities and to manage supply chain risk.
By 2050, the world’s population will increase to 9.7 billion people, up from 7.6 today. To feed the world, the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization estimates food production will need to increase by 60 percent by 2050, which will place a tremendous strain on natural resources.
To address these global challenges, Amfora is harnessing biology to sustainably nourish the planet and enhance global wellness. Amfora’s mission is to meet the growing global demand for foods that are high in protein by enhancing the nutritional density of food and feed crops, while reducing the cost of food and environmental toll on the planet for future generations.
Advancements in aerial and terrain robotics, high-throughput imaging, data analytics and machine learning are rapidly pushing precision agriculture towards the next evolutionary stage – fully autonomous agriculture. Yet long range and real-time situational awareness is still required for terrain-based farming robotic vehicles to operate without human assistance. An innovative mobile smart docking platform has been developed that solves the critical range limitations and operating complexity associated with drone operation and provides an edge computing, communications and artificial intelligence platform that will enable real-time actionable insights and substantial efficiency improvement for a wide variety of agricultural applications.
Beta Hatch is industrializing insect production for animal feed to meet the $8B protein gap expected by 2025. We are a team of experts in entomology and engineering who are developing the biotechnology and business model to scale insect production for aquaculture and poultry feed.
Bonumose developed patented enzymatic technology for producing healthy sugars that match the taste and food-functionality of regular sugar (sucrose). Using Bonumose’s breakthrough enzymatic technology platform, multiple good-for-you sugars can be produced for low cost. An example is tagatose, which is a naturally-occurring “rare sugar” which does not raise blood sugar levels, is low-calorie, is good for teeth, and has dietary fiber-like properties for good gut health. Tagatose will be sold into the $100 Billion global sweeteners market and has positive implications for health care (e.g., the $850 billion/year global cost of treating diabetes). Bonumose has several critical partnerships with global food/ag companies for manufacturing and distribution.
Cabriejo Ranch, a Savory Global Influencer Hub, is the supplier of proteins to, and an owner of, REP Provisions. REP is a lifestyle brand focused on providing solutions for active healthy people with a passion for superior nutrition, taste, convenience and sourcing. Make every REP count!
CoverCress is a new oilseed crop grown over winter between normal full season corn and soybeans. It acts like a cover crop while also producing oil and high protein feed that can fit markets similar to canola. CoverCress was developed from pennycress.
Native pennycress grain has high levels of erucic, fiber and sinigrin, which are compounds that limit the oil and meal use, but we have developed varieties that have a new composition and make CoverCress a brand new crop for the American Midwest, without the limitations that native pennycress has.
Traditional cover crops are planted but not harvested. They are grown to protect and improve the soil. CoverCress is both a cover crop and a productive crop, combining soil improvement and grain production without displacing other crops.
EIO Diagnostics is developing a new tool for early detection of mastitis in dairy cows. By combining advanced sensor & machine learning, they are able to detect infection signs days before there are physical indications in the udder or milk without touching the cow or interrupting workflow.
Family Farms Group
Family farms today need, more than ever, to enhance profit, reduce risk, and build value to be able to grow, compete, and drive success now and for future generations. Family Farms Group keeps families on the farm by helping members build the most profitable and sustainable operation possible, positioning them for multi-generational success.
The biological evolution is in full swing, but how can farmers cut through the noise and find products that deliver an ROI? Holganix Bio 800+ Agriculture harnesses the power of over 800 soil microbes to revolutionize the way the world grows while protecting and improving soil health. Attend Holganix’s 15-minute presentation to dig into the science behind our product and for an overview of our studies demonstrating Holganix’s yield improvements. We will also unveil studies from a new technology under development at Holganix that allows farmers to fight nematodes, without breaking the bank or harming their soils. The presentation features Holganix President of Agriculture, Dave Stark Ph.D.
The environmental problems of chemical nitrogen fertilizers are immense. At Kula Bio, we have developed a sustainable, biological solution. We super-charge natural nitrogen-fixing microbes with renewable energy in order to deliver reliable, low-cost organic biofertilizers. By rewiring the energy flow from sun to soil, we’re tackling the wholesale replacement of chemical nitrogen fertilizers and eliminating the division between affordable practices, and better stewardship of our land, sea and air. Kula Bio’s innovative approach is differentiated in that it is applicable across all crop types, and has the potential to replace 100% of chemical nitrogen.
Provider of cultivation and processing services intended to deliver natural, environmentally-friendly and green products with highest quality.The company’s cultivation and processing services include breeding, crop improvements, and strain selection in which TKS Dandelion is used as important domestic source of natural rubber, enabling clients to avail profitable, renewable, clean and environmentally benign domestic rubber.
Developer of a High Voltage Atmospheric Cold Plasma Technology (HVACP) designed for the treatment of food grains. The company’s technology helps to preserve the freshness and wholesomeness of food while improving its safety from food-borne illness, enabling food growers to preserve and detoxify grains.
Mercaris is a market data service and an on-line trading platform for organic, non-GMO, and other IP commodities. In addition to an overview of the company itself, this pitch will focus on the intersection of financial markets with environmental performance, the ‘true’ function of an exchange, and why price discovery can unlock value upstream and downstream in the supply chain.
Do you trust the food you buy? Are you confident in its nutritional value? Do you know where it came from and how it was grown or processed? How do you know it’s safe to eat?
P&P Optica (PPO) believes that an opportunity exists for the whole food production chain to significantly improve the way food is grown and processed. PPO will share our vision for how new technology allows us to understand the chemical properties of food, trace it from farm to fork, and connect that data to a myriad of other information to make our food more nutritious, more transparent and safer. And we can make each of us and our planet healthier at the same time.
Plastomics has a new technology platform for making biotech crops. Innovation is needed to feed a growing population and overcome challenges facing agricultural production. These include stacking and breeding of multiple crop protection traits to overcome resistance. Today’s technology is limiting and cannot efficiently address these challenges. Plastomics’ technology overcomes the limitations resulting in better, safer, high-yielding crops.
Proteon uses precision biology to protect the microbiome in livestock farming. We have developed a platform, using bacteriophages, that improves animal health and performance. Our first products, preventing salmonella in poultry and improving immune function in aquaculture have recently launched.
Manufacturer and developer of miniature autonomous farm equipment. The company is trying to match the capacity of farm equipment to the demands of farmland. It is developing an autonomous, mobile, multi-purpose, swarm-capable and high-ground clearance farm-production tractor for all pre-harvest activities.
Rebound Technologies is supercharging industrial freezers. As frozen food demand skyrockets globally, cold storage and food processing facilities struggle keep up. The bottleneck: refrigeration infrastructure. Rebound’s IcePoint® product integrates into existing, facility freezer systems and deploys bursts of on-demand, high capacity, low temperature cooling and humidity control, ideal for accelerating blast freezing cycles and food production line speeds. The result: an earnings boost of up to $2M annually, per IcePoint® unit. No other technology in the world provides dynamic cooling capacity and, as a cherry on top, IcePoint® accomplishes it at a 35% efficiency improvement over legacy systems.
SafeTraces is partnering with leading food companies, processors, and producers to enable the safest, most transparent, and most sustainable supply chains in the world through a breakthrough DNA-based traceability and sanitation solution. We offer the first natural, edible, odorless, flavorless, FDA G.R.A.S-approved solution that is directly applied to the food, not the packaging, allowing for robust source and safety assurance on-site within minutes. We provide physical, on-product, item-level tracking, which has long been the critical missing link for end-to-end value chain traceability.
At time of cancer diagnosis 90% of all cancer patients experience addressable nutritional issues. Myriad evidence-based studies show that nutritional support and intervention can increase cancer patients’ treatment adherence and persistence, improve their clinical outcome, reduce costly ER visits and hospital admissions, and improve the overall patient experience. As a result, “food as medicine” is gaining medical community support. We will review the literature, discuss strategies for making nutritional support personalized and clinically appropriate, accessible and affordable and learn about Savor Health’s “food as medicine” mission and model.
SWIIM is the water accounting leader in agriculture. Utilizing a patented process of HW/SW/data science and tracking water through the irrigation system to crop use and lost we’re able to supply farmers with financial statement level water data and the ability to conserve or meet regulatory demands.
Terviva is an 8-year old agtech company that has developed crop genetics and edible products from pongamia, a legume oilseed tree crop that has been long-used in India and Australia due to its ability to produce protein-rich beans in challenging agriculture conditions. Using processing technology, Terviva has established a transparent supply chain of pongamia orchards and is expanding its existing poultry and cattle feeding trials to showcase the ability to provide the US market with low-cost, high quality, organic livestock feed. Additionally, TerViva is drawing upon pongamia protein’s unique functional properties to develop high-value food ingredients, and exploring oleic-rich pongamia oil for the vegetable oil market. Terviva is reinventing how the world can produce plant protein sustainably and affordably, for modern consumers who seek more from their food than ever before.
University of Memphis
The University of Memphis is an internationally recognized, urban public research-intensive university preparing students for success in a diverse, innovative, global environment. We provide the highest quality education by focusing on research and service benefiting local and global communities.
The Agriculture and Food Technologies Research Cluster at the University of Memphis brings together a core group of scientists from Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, and Health to work on theoretical, experimental, and applied approaches to contemporary food and agriculture challenges. Areas of research include plants, animals, microbes and their interactions, biodiversity, food safety, analysis of food and water contaminants, nutrition, water resources and management, supply chain, logistics, blockchain, as well as business and law.
Victory Hemp Foods
At Victory, we see hemp powering a new generation of tasty, plant based foods that are good for us and our planet. Victory specializes in hemp concentrates and isolates that offer manufacturers compelling taste and performance advantages. This enables food companies to create better foods and as a result unlock the value of the hemp seed for all of us.