FuturaGene has defined renewable woody biomass as its strategic focus with plantation forestry, biopower (pellet for combustion and co-firing) and biofuels (cellulose-to-ethanol) as our target sectors. Our leading crops for these sectors are sub-tropical eucalyptus for the plantation-based pulp and paper industry and short rotation energy poplar and eucalyptus for biopower and biofuel. We have developed our leading yield traits from discovery through to successful elite event selection in large scale eucalyptus field trials in multiple geographies, positioning us in a select and limited number of groups that have developed novel traits for new crops.
Our acquisition by Suzano Papel e Celulose of Brazil, the second largest producer of eucalyptus pulp in the world, provided access to the world’s leading commercial eucalyptus germplasm asset and a captive “home” market for our technologies. Our business model is based on technology discovery and acquisition, prototyping gene discoveries in commercial models, deployment in “home” plantations and selective corporate partnering with leading companies to extend our product deployment. We collaborate and license out our technologies in non-core sectors.
In addition to our own in-house discovery capability, FuturaGene actively licenses in intellectual property from universities and corporate partners after initial feasibility has been completed. FuturaGene currently has relationships with Purdue University, the University of Arizona, Oregon State University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of the State of Sao Paulo and Sao Paulo University, inter alia.
Futuragene´s activities are centered at our corporate and R&D facilities in Rehovoth, Israel, Sao Paulo and Itapetininga, Brazil and Shanghai, China. In addition to these facilities, the company has field trial facilities in various provinces in Brazil, in China and in Israel.
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