LIFE SCIENCES Epicrop Technologies
University of Nebraska
Epicrop Technologies is a new company that has developed epigenetic breeding methods, which improve plant yields and stress tolerances and are applicable to all plant species. The initial patent-pending discoveries in epigenetic technologies were made by Dr. Sally Mackenzie at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Of particular interest are the important corn, soybean, and wheat crops grown here in Nebraska. Most importantly, we use this natural biological process to breed crops that produce higher yields and are more stress tolerant. Higher yields help protect the environment: by requiring less land for sufficient production; by keeping crop prices lower, which reduces the incentive to put conserved land into production; and by irrigating fewer acres to achieve the same total production.
Michael Fromm received his Ph.D. in molecular biology from Stanford University with Noble Laureate Dr. Paul Berg, and as a post-doc with Dr. Virginia Walbot in corn transformation. He has held R&D positions as a senior scientist at the US Department of Agriculture, a research director at Monsanto's agricultural biotechnology unit, and as a co-founder and CEO of Mendel Biotechnology, and a Professor in Agronomy and Director of the Center for Biotechnology at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He and Dr. Sally Mackenzie co-founded Epicrop Technologies in 2015, where he has served as CEO and CSO of the company.