Ceres Licenses Persephone to KWS

Ceres has licensed our Persephone bioinformatics technology to KWS SAAT SE, a global seed developer with operations in over 70 countries.

Tim Swaller, Ceres Vice President of Genomic Technologies,noted that next generation sequencing technologies have substantially increased the amount and complexity of information generated in crop research and development. Despite the power of this information, it is often difficult to access and fully utilize throughout a research organization. “Persephone’s capabilities and user experience is designed to allow more eyes on information that is often inaccessible today,” he said.

KWS, which develops, produces and markets seed for corn, sugarbeet, cereals, potatoes, canola and sunflower, has more than 1,000 employees involved in research, including large-scale genomic research programs across its major products lines.

Dr. Andreas Menze, Head of Bioinformatics at KWS, noted that the company’s high-throughput bioinformatics platform generates continuously increasing volumes of data which must be made available for its research teams. “We plan to evaluate how Persephone can help disseminate data for the widest audience within KWS for discussion and discovery. We believe that broad accessibility to data will be a key driver of long-term novel discovery,” said Dr. Menze.

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