To ensure the broadest technology reach and optimal cost structure, ArborGen continues to establish strategic collaborations with numerous companies, government organizations and universities. We also license technology that may provide novel traits for our pipeline. Key collaborations that ensure multiple end-markets for our products in wood, fiber and energy include the following:
- Department Of Energy BioEnergy Science Center (BESC): ArborGen is a partner in this $125 million government funded research center, which has as its goal the achievement of breakthrough science and technologies that will allow cellulosic ethanol to be produced from biomass, and to become cost-competitive with fossil-derived fuel and gasoline. BESC is a partnership of leading universities and industrial companies, including Mascoma and Verenium. This partnership provides ArborGen access to novel traits developed through the collaboration.
- Scion: Over the past three years, Scion, the Crown Research Institute of New Zealand, and ArborGen have been jointly working to identify genes that can improve the quality of wood and possibly lead to production of high value biomaterials.
- EUCAGEN: ArborGen is a leading participant in the Eucalyptus genome mapping project. Participation in this project provides ArborGen with a first access advantage into the emerging bioenergy and carbon sequestration market.