"Given the resistance of conventional pesticides, there is an ever-growing need for new innovative technologies to protect plants. We are excited to share that, in this collaborative study with USDA Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), our next-generation FANA RNA silencing approach has shown very promising data in the management of agricultural pests and pathogens due to its ability to kill or manipulate bacteria, insects or viruses. We hope that our combined efforts with USDA can soon help to save billions of dollars of citrus industry," stated Veenu Aishwarya founder and CEO of AUM LifeTech. "Importantly, although AUM's FANA technology works at the genetic level but it does not create genetically modified organisms. This is a very beneficial aspect in agriculture especially from an EPA registration perspective and may potentially help in a faster approval time," he added.
AUM LifeTech's FANA antisense technology provides a superior RNA silencing alternative which can provide longer persistence for topical applications in non-transgenic plant protection programs. Further, since FANA technology can be self-delivered it provides significant improvements over conventional RNAi strategies and certain gene editing technologies like CRISPR which still need additional delivery strategies and may also have unknown permanent off-target effects.
These encouraging results in collaboration with UDSA suggest that AUM's FANA technology has a great potential and can be developed for insect and plant pathogen management for a wide spectrum of agricultural crops. The data will be presented at the upcoming International Plant & Animal Genome XXV conference, in San Diego, California in January of 2017.
About AUM LifeTech, Inc: At AUM LifeTech we are taking paradigm shifting steps to improve sustenance and human life. AUM's next generation RNA silencing and regulation technology has multiple applications and is being used in the development of personalized medicine, improving agriculture, enhancing clinical diagnostics and to advance biomedical research. AUM LifeTech is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA at the University City Science Center's Port business incubator. For more information visit: www.aumlifetech.com
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