Cibus is a leading agricultural biotechnology company that is using (non-GMO) precision gene editing technology to reshape crop protection.
Since our inception, our vision has been:
- The development of precision gene editing technologies for agriculture that does not use transgenes or recombinant DNA with which to develop trait products that were indistinguishable from traditional breeding (or nature); and
- A more efficient and targeted breeding industry regarding specific characteristics like disease resistance based on (non-GMO) precision gene editing technologies that is globally regulated on the same basis as conventional breeding.
In the era of global GMO restrictions, GMO markets were limited and, when available, GMO traits were both expensive and time consuming to breed and commercialize. We founded Cibus with the firm belief that the development of precision gene editing technologies was achievable and, once achieved, it would enable our second goal: a new era for agricultural trait development with global agricultural trade standards for both in-country cultivation and import/export regulations. The promise of global standards is a new era of global crop breeding innovations that would mirror the global genomic revolution in human healthcare.Our mission is to harness the power of precision gene editing in agriculture and, in so doing, make farming more environmentally friendly, sustainable and profitable.
We have built an industry-leading new breeding platform, based on gene editing technologies. Our platform is called RTDS™, Rapid Trait Development System™. RTDS is a family of technologies that are protected by over 300 patents and patent applications that cover multiple layers of intellectual property. It represents a system of technologies that integrates crop specific biological platforms with a series of gene editing technologies enabling trait development and their introgression into elite germplasm from our breeding partners with our automated Trait Machine™.
From the beginning, our focus has been on the development of ODM (or, Oligonucleotide-Directed Mutagenesis) technology. ODM is a key part of RTDS. We were excited to see that, in the recent EU (European Union) study on the safety of gene edited traits and the Study Report that followed, our proprietary ODM technology was prominently referenced and cited as one of the platform technologies of this new industry. Importantly, it is cited that ODM as well as other key components of our RTDS technology platform do not pose more hazards than conventional breeding. This EU study is an important milestone in the ultimate goal of global standards for gene editing.
We are in the crop protection business. Our products are Crop Protection Traits. Trait products are specific (precisely edited) genetic sequences associated with a specific characteristic in a specific crop. Crop Protection Traits are trait products within a specific crop that enable famers to have higher yields and reduce the use of Crop Protection Chemicals to manage challenges with diseases, insects/nematodes and weeds.
Our focus is a new generation of trait products that reduce the use of chemical inputs such as herbicides, fungicides and insecticides (often known as input traits) while maintaining or increasing crop yields and agronomic traits that enable plants to better withstand the environment in which they are grown. Our current target trait platforms are disease resistance traits and herbicide tolerance traits. Our lead product is an agronomic trait: Pod Shatter Reduction in canola.
Disease resistance traits are important because they are the greatest cause of crop loss next to weeds. Disease is an area that GMO technologies have not been able to readily address. Herbicide tolerance trait products are important because in many crops and in many markets like the EU there are no herbicide tolerance traits. These traits are essential tools in reducing herbicide use and improving farming yields.