written by reader GENE THERAPY FOR POTATOES

By hendrixnuzzles, May 8, 2015

$CLLS Talk about excitement ! One of our biotech wunderkind has
taken the lead in the race to improve the cold storage performance
of sliced potatoes !

Cellectis is not only trying to fix human genes, they now have the genes of innocent plants in their crosshairs. First potatoes. Then they’ll go after soybeans, corn, and wheat. It appears that no grain will be safe.

They were just approved to start planting a genetically modified
potato, sort of like a Phase Trial for vegetables. Now don’t start to giggle and snort. You may not care if your spuds don’t do well in the fridge, but folks like McDonalds, Wendy’s, and Burger King will pay close attention.

Cellectis just renamed their plant division. Why, I ask myself.
In their road shows the CEO keeps trying to get a word in at the end about their plant division, but it seems the listeners are far more interested in human cancer therapy. Look, I get it…saving people from mortal cancer could be a hot thing. But a better french fry
could a have big impact on our society, too.

Coming soon to a fast food chain near you. Hoping for a plump spinoff of the Cellectis plant sciences division.

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Patricia
5 years ago

As someone definitely outside the three inner circles of Biotech Gummies, I expect anti-GMO sentiment to grow in the U.S., and think Europe and other parts of the world which reject GMOs are right to do so unless they are ever proven safe. So short term, this may be a profitable move, but in the long term I think chains who convert to non-GMO ingredients will do better, so companies that provide GMO tech and products may suffer.

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SoGiAm
5 years ago

CLLS- S&W Seed Company and Calyxt Inc Introduce Alfalfa Seed Collaboration
8:11 am ET June 9, 2015 Benzinga) S&W Seed Company (Nasdaq: SANW), a leading provider of seed genetics, production, processing and marketing for the alfalfa seed market, and Calyxt, Inc., a Minnesota-based company focusing on developing healthier food products, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Cellectis S.A. (Nasdaq: CLLS, Alternext: ALCLS.PA), today announced they have entered into a collaboration agreement to research, develop, produce and commercialize alfalfa seed products involving next generation gene editing technology on S&W’s industry leading alfalfa seed genetics. Calyxt’s technology allows for the custom gene-editing of plant species to create novel traits and increase value.

In particular, Calyxt will be applying its patented nuclease technology to develop a series of alfalfa seed products based on editing of native genes to improve the agronomic and quality value of alfalfa for the food and agriculture industries. The approach is based on the same principle as classical cross-breeding of different plants, however the gene editing technology developed by Calyxt dramatically accelerates the development timeline. The targeted approach of gene editing is more predictable and reliable than traditional breeding and can also be much more cost effective. The companies will look to commercialize products through S&W and Calyxt’s distribution channels with pre-defined financial terms.

Mark Grewal, chief executive officer of S&W Seed Company commented, “This agreement with Calyxt continues to position S&W at the forefront of alfalfa seed research and development. The Calyxt technology allows for the development of unique traits in alfalfa seeds. The ability to provide enhanced traits in alfalfa seed varieties opens up what we believe will be a significant opportunity for us, our partners and Calyxt. The world will continue to need varieties that can drive increases in productivity, while decreasing input costs to meet global demands. Our goal at S&W is to meet those challenges.”

Luc Mathis, chief executive officer of Calyxt commented, “S&W Seed Company is a great partner for us to address the alfalfa market, combining the ability to generate new traits into superior genetics, with a clear path to market. The partnership fits well with our vision of bringing higher quality products also for the feed industry.” Best-Ben

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SoGiAm
5 years ago

University of Minnesota Grants Calyxt an Exclusive License to its Homologous Recombination Technology in Plants July 28, 2015 BusinessWire
Calyxt, Inc., a Minnesota-based company focusing on developing healthier food products, today announced that it has signed an exclusive license agreement with the University of Minnesota that grants Cellectis the worldwide rights to use the technology covered by the patent rights of the family PCT/US2013/046495 entitled “Gene Targeting Using Replicating DNA Molecules”. In combination with nuclease technologies, this delivery method, which is based on a group of DNA viruses known as geminiviruses, enables efficient targeted modification of plant genomes and was developed by Professor Dan Voytas’ laboratory in the University of Minnesota.

Homologous recombination is a central cellular process involved in many aspects of genome maintenance such as DNA repair, replication, telomere maintenance, and meiotic chromosomal segregation. The targeted editing of plant genomes by homologous recombination is key to create a number of valuable traits.

“We are excited to add this innovation to our broad technology portfolio, that will reinforce our leading position in the field of plant gene editing, while helping expand our pipeline of healthier food products that meet consumer needs,” said Luc Mathis, Chief Executive Officer of Calyxt, Inc.
About Calyxt(1)

Founded in 2010, Calyxt, Inc. (previously Cellectis plant sciences, Inc.) is based in New Brighton, Minnesota (USA). The company aims to create healthier crop products such as low trans fat soybean oil, cold storable potato, gluten reduced wheat and low saturated canola oil for the food and agriculture industries. Calyxt is developing a network of partnerships in order to secure accessibility of its food products to consumers.

For further information please visit our website: http://www.calyxt.com
(1) Calyxt(TM) and the corporate logo are trademarks owned by Calyxt, Inc. Best-Ben

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SoGiAm
4 years ago

Alternative CRISPR system could improve genome editing:
http://www.nature.com/news/alternative-crispr-system-could-improve-genome-editing-1.18432

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SoGiAm
4 years ago

Hi Lawrence-
Have you reviewed the upcoming events at Calyxt lately? 3 in October, 1 in November, 2 in December: http://www.calyxt.com/newsevents/events/ Long CLLS Best-Ben

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SoGiAm
4 years ago

F Zhang is the COO of Calyst- Have you seen these Publications from his lab website? http://zlab.mit.edu/publications.html πŸ™‚ – Best-Ben

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