Short affiliation: Inari Agriculture (Cambridge, USA)
Biosketch: Catherine Feuilletreceived her PhD in plant biotechnology in 1993 followed by 10 years of postdoctoral studies and as assistant professor at the University of Zurich where she developed research projects aiming at the isolation of disease resistance genes and a better understanding of the genome structure and evolution of wheat and barley. In 2004, she was appointed by INRA in France as a research director to lead wheat genomics projects in support of wheat improvement. In 2013, Catherine joined Bayer CropScience as the head of Trait Research until April 2018 when she joined Inari, a start-up aiming at transforming plant breeding as Chief Scientific Officer.
Talk title: Seeds for a changing planet
Synopsis: The talk will cover the vision, strategy and scientific approaches underlying the Seed FoundryTM that Inari deploys to dramatically shorten the time and cost it takes to develop new seeds, using a combination of genome editing and computational sciences.