WHO WE ARE

Neogram® is agribiotech company created in early 2011, with the purpose of increasing plant biomass conversion in a sustainable way. To achieve this, we have developed a non-GMO PreBreeding platform that effectively enhances tropical and subtropical pastureland productivity.

The Core Team

BSc & MSc in Biology
Business orientated

Camila Petignat

Founder & CEO

BSc & MSc in Biology
PhD in Chemistry

Anabella Fassino

Founder & CTO

BSc & MSc in Biology
Microbiology orientated

Pedro Duarte

Technical operations leader

Our Support

We seek to work in a multidiciplinary way with the best local experts in pasture genetics, breeding, technology transfer & business, to complement our strengths and core capabilities. From the beginning we have been working in collaboration with leading institutions to effectively achieve our goals. So far we have raised financial support from different sources.

Advisory Board

Dra. Karina Grunberg

Dra. Karina Grunberg

CONICET adjunct researcher at INTA. Specialist in breeding of tropical and subtropical forage grasses

Dr. Gustavo Schrauf

Dr. Gustavo Schrauf

PhD in Agronomy, UBA, specialist in genetics. IncUBAagro Director and associate professor at FAUBA

Dra. Cecilia López

Dra. Cecilia López

PhD in Science at the UBA, MIT student, specialist in Project Management & Technology Transfer

Gabriel D'Eboli

Gabriel D'Eboli

Mentor trainer, jury at the NAVES competition of the IAE Business School and Investor of the IAE Business Angels Club

Institutions

Funding

The Technology

NeoGram is an argentinean biotechnology-based company that has decided to contribute to the development of asustainable livestock production. We have the clear purpose of increasing the efficiency of the cattle production schemes. We seek to promote the responsible technification for the livestock industry and the generation of local technology.
To achieve this, we address the molecular breeding of tropical and subtropical pastures, through research and application of biotechnology techniques:

Mutagenesis

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Through this technology, we work on the existing plant genetics, inducing variability. A pos hoc analysis is performed, seeking early markers for each feature that is required to improve and variants of interest are selected. This allows us to accelerate some steps in the conventional breeding programs with a non-GMO, versatile and inexpensive platform.

In general terms, once the variability is induced in the species of interest, the developed platform allows us to perform an analysis of physiological and/or biochemical markers for each feature that needs to be improved.

With this strategy, for example, we generate a population of Rhodes Grass with potential improvements for the GRAMAX project and we selected plants with higher digestibility.

Transgenesis

Investigación

By transgenesis we can incorporate novel characteristics on the genetic background of the plant. Thus, it is possible to introduce features that provide innovative attributes into the breeding programs that would not be achieved by other means.

We develop a platform of transgenesis on topicales and subtropical pastures. Using tissue culture protocols developed by our own team and the set up of cell transformation techniques, we modify the genetics of these plants.

Trough this strategy, for example, we address the issue of improving the quality of Rhodes Grass improving the fructan content. We achieved the introduction of a novel gene that induces the production of these reserve sugars in plants that do not produce them.

R&D Projects

gramaxis our most advanced project.

 

It is a new variety of Rhodes Grass with an improved digestibility. This increases the efficiency conversion of pasture to meat. The improvement impacts positively on two aspects of livestock production systems:

 

On one hand, there is an increase in livestock productivity. This is evidenced as a higher rate of grass-meat conversion and/or increased stocking/acre.

 

At the same time, the environmental impact of livestock activity is reduced. This occurs by a decrease in the emission of greenhouse gases per kilo of produced meat.

 

Thus, we have generated a solution that satisfies simultaneously the concerns of producers and consumers of meat.

GRAMAX is the first product of our pipeline of projects for a sustainable livestock production.
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Other Projects

SERVICES

In vitro propagation

TISSUE CULTURE

Tuning in vitro tissue culture of forage plant species and high performance genotypes selection

MICROPROPAGATION

In vitro multiplication, of large amounts, of different plant varieties

Genetic reprogramming

MUTAGENESIS

Physical or chemical mutagenesis of seeds or embryonic calli

BIOLISTIC

Genetic transformation of plant tissues by biolistic

Biochemical determinations

LIGNIN MEASUREMENT

Measurement of lignin by the method of acetyl bromide soluble lignin

METABOLIC ENZIMES

Quantification of activity basal metabolic enzymes and antioxidants enzymes

OXIDATIVE DAMAGE

Quantification of metabolites resulting from oxidative damage

Genetic engineering

CLONIGN

Design and assembly of genetic constructs for plant transformation

BIOINFORMATICS

Bioinformatic analysis of sequences with genetic information

Bioentrepreneurs

MENTORING

Bioentrepreneurs counseling and management of scientific and technological projects

PROJECTS ASSEMBLY

Design and planning of biotech projects

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