A disruptive innovation is one that creates a new market and value network and eventually disrupts an existing market and value network, displacing established market-leading firms, products, and alliances. That definition fits the innovation of gene editing for agriculture and why Bayer included it in a series of Innovation Talks at the recent Future of Farming Dialogue.
Dr. Tom Adams is CEO of Pairwise, a company focused on using gene editing and leveraging natural diversity in agricultural crops to address global food challenges. “We have a relationship with Bayer to study row crops, but we’re also very interested in bringing the technology to consumer crops, making healthy food more available, convenient and sustainable,” said Adams during an interview after his presentation.
“It’s a technology that really does allow very specific changes to be made in crops in a way that you can’t do with breeding,” he added. “I think it can create a change in how (plant) breeding is done.”