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Founding Partner

 Special Content Session:

Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2)

The Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2) is a $30 million program that facilitates the commercialization and adoption of clean energy and agriculture technologies.  IN2 helps companies think about their end customer, providing funding and technical assistance that leverages the capabilities, facilities, equipment, and deep expertise that exists at NREL and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.  In this  session IN2 partners Wells Fargo, the National Renewable Energy Lab, and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center will showcase the program’s first cohort of agriculture innovation companies: Aker, CoverCress, Intrinsyx Bio, RNAissance, and SolGro and their projects at the Danforth Center.

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

The needs to feed and power a growing, changing world, while also preserving the environment and vital natural resources, are among our greatest global challenges of the 21st century. Sustainably providing for nearly 10 billion healthy people by 2050 will require that we increase available food by at least 50%, and achieve a major shift toward clean, renewable sources of energy.

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center focuses scientific research at the nexus of food, energy and the environment to improve the productivity and sustainability of agriculture. We assemble interactive teams of scientists and develop unique platforms to discover underlying principles about how plants work. We then convert that knowledge into useful crops and products, and partner with organizations that are best positioned to solve problems where they exist around the world.

This means more productive staple crops that provide better nutrition, more sustainable crops that have a smaller environmental footprint, creation of leading-edge companies to bring innovation to market, and well-trained plant scientists who will guide the next generation. The Center aims to improve human health, feed the hungry, and protect the environment through creative science and thoughtful application.

Research at the Danforth Center is funded by competitive grants from public and private sources, and by philanthropic support.