Evogene and CBD Partner on Cotton Technology

Evogene is an Israeli startup founded in 2002 that aims to generate improved crops and new agricultural biotechnology products in an economically efficient way.  Initially a division of Compugen, Evogene has just signed a partnership with Rehovot-based CBD Technologies, a wholly owned subsidiary of FuturaGene, to collaborate on the improvement of cotton fiber properties.

Under the agreement, CBD Tech “gains rights in cotton to certain promoters (genetic elements which activate gene expression) discovered by Evogene” for evaluation in CBD Tech’s R&D program. The promoters were discovered using Evogene’s ATHLETE, an in-silico gene discovery platform. 

Evogene explained, “Improving cotton fiber properties is of major interest to the cotton industry. High quality cotton fibers are essential for better yarn performances and optimal utilization through modern spinning technologies, hence produce higher value per pound for the farmer.”