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Agrow awards Best Industry Collaboration to industry collaboration

A collaboration spanning the agricultural and pharmaceutical industries received a top honour at the 2018 Agrow Awards.

On 12th November in London, Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, Eli Lilly & Co, and the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute won the Best Industry Collaboration Award for their work on an open toxicogenomics platform called CTox. The platform, the culmination of two years of co-development, has the potential to revolutionise sustainable product innovation in both pharmaceuticals and agriculture.

CTox is an open-source technology platform enabling researchers to access toxicogenomic data for early-stage human health risk assessment. Toxicogenomics, which uses advanced computational techniques to analyse molecular data spanning the entire genome, allows scientists to characterise products for human health hazards and to design new products with health as a central focus. By enabling open access to this data, CTox allows researchers to apply cutting-edge bioinformatics tools to associate toxicogenomic data with specific human health hazards, identifying an exposure level predicted to have no toxicological effect. This will result in more sustainable products that improve global human health.

“At Corteva Agriscience we are committed to collaborating with the best and brightest across industries, and we’re honoured to be recognised with our partners Eli Lilly and the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute for this project,” said Neal Gutterson, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Corteva Agriscience. “Ensuring the products we develop are safe for people, animals and the environment is core to our mission of enriching the lives of those who produce and those who consume. We’re proud to be part of a collaboration that equips researchers across multiple industries with the tools they need to manage risk and focus on developing healthy, safe solutions for the future.”

“This collaboration with Corteva Agriscience and Lilly aimed to leverage the best internal research from both these organisations to develop a shared system that improves safety predictions for newly discovered molecules,” said Dan Robertson, Ph.D., Director of the IBRI’s Applied Data Sciences Centre. “The team delivered an open toxicogenomics platform that makes these advanced analytical methods more broadly available to the research community, with a goal to drive research faster for all research teams needing these capabilities.”

CTox can be accessed here.