Seed company listed among world’s smartest

Farm Forum

Moshav Sharona, Israel — Kaiima Bio-Agritech, an innovative Israel-based seed and breeding-technology company, has been named as one of the 50 Smartest Companies in 2014 by MIT Technology Review. The publication’s annual list features the world’s most innovative technology companies.

Kaiima was selected to the 50 Smartest Companies List for developing a pioneering, non-GMO technology platform called Enhanced Ploidy (EP). EP, coupled with advanced breeding programs, boosts the inherent productivity and resource usage efficiency of high-impact food and energy crops. Using the same amount of water and land, farmers can now grow plants that produce a greater supply of food and energy.

“At times it seems impossible to keep pace with important emerging technologies,” stated Jason Pontin, publisher and editor in chief of MIT Technology Review. “This issue celebrates organizations at the forefront, displaying ‘disruptive innovation’ that will prove to surpass the competition, transform an industry, and change our lives. Many kinds of agricultural breakthroughs will be needed if we are to feed 9 billion people in the coming decades. Kaiima’s technology is intriguing because of the way it could improve the yield of crops without genetic modification.”

Dr. Doron Gal, Kaiima’s CEO said, “It is an honor and a privilege to be recognized by the MIT Technology Review. And, we are equally proud of the reason why we have been included on this very prestigious list. Kaiima is part of a world effort to help solve global hunger. We believe that our proprietary, non-GMO, EP technology platform holds an important key to sustainability and meeting the increasing demand for food worldwide.”

The honorees are nominated by MIT Technology Review’s editors, who look for companies that have demonstrated original and valuable technology over the last year, are bringing that technology to market at significant scale, and are clearly influencing their competitors. The companies on the list represent the disruptive innovations most likely to change our lives.

Kaiima and the other honorees will be featured in the March/April edition of MIT Technology Review.