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Industrial & Agricultural Biotech

Plants and microorganisms play a critical role in our ecosystem, making it possible for life to exist on Earth.  Through innovation associated with industrial biotechnology (white biotechnology) and agricultural biotechnology (green biotechnology) plants and microorganisms will likewise have a central role in our ability to meet the challenges facing society - feeding and supporting the worlds rapidly growing population and reducing our environmental footprint.  In other words, innovation in these sectors is key to overcoming some of the most urgent challenges of the 21st century - - developing sustainable and renewable energy sources, reducing greenhouse emissions and other forms of pollution, increasing crop tolerance to adverse environmental stresses and increasing agricultural yields, productivity, and nutritive value; and reducing the depletion rate of vital resources by providing biobased products and materials from renewable feedstocks. 

Why Sterne Kessler?

We have more than 30 years of experience helping companies strategize, build, and enforce worldwide biotechnology driven intellectual property portfolios. An accomplished team, those practicing in the group bring advanced academic training in areas such as plant and microorganism genetics, molecular biology, cellular biology, and genetic engineering; plant growth and development; chemistry; biochemistry; and bioreactor, fermentation, and bioprocessing technology.  Most have related industry experience. 

We counsel a range of companies with products, services, and processes directed to, among others:

  • Plant and microorganism genetic and metabolic engineering platforms
  • Genetically modified plants and microorganisms
  • Herbicides and Pesticides
  • Biofuels
  • Industrial enzymes
  • Biopolymers
  • Biobased chemicals, materials, intermediates and products
  • Bioreactor and fermentation technology
  • Downstream processing
  • Bioprocessing
  • Biocatalysts 
  • Biorefining
  • Nutraceuticals
  • Food processing

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