Gainesville-based Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research, which supports emerging research and academic enterprises, recently finalized a commitment to fund RAPiD Genomics, also of Gainsville, Florida, a provider of genotyping for agriculture, using University of Florida technology.
DNA genotyping in farming and forestry allows advance knowledge of a plant or animal’s capabilities, giving farmers and researchers an advantage in breeding.
"We have developed an efficient procedure to accelerate genotyping using next-generation sequencing," Marcio Resend, RAPiD Genomics co-founder and interim CEO. "The technologies we developed permit the analysis of thousands of samples at a lower cost than existing technologies. Our system also requires less DNA and eliminates the need for proprietary equipment."
The Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research, established by the state government in 2007, collaborates with Florida’s universities and research companies to create sustainable jobs in future-oriented fields. The Institute has funded 48 companies and identified over 100 potential projects across Florida.
"RAPiD Genomics is creating low-cost, large scale high-throughput genotyping platforms for any species and any number of samples," Institute CEO Jamie Grooms said. "Their technology can be applied in all areas, from viruses and bacteria, to plants and animals, and we are pleased to support their continued success."
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