Phenome Networks and Benson Hill Biosystems Establish Strategic Collaboration to Further Accelerate Plant Breeding

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Collaboration Will Offer Combined Data Management and Predictive Analytics Platforms to Empower Plant Breeders

Rehovot, Israel and St. Louis, MissouriMay 19, 2017Phenome Networks, a premier plant breeding software company, and Benson Hill Biosystems, an agricultural technology company providing predictive plant breeding analytics, today announced a strategic collaboration to offer a combined system to further accelerate plant breeding.

Robust data management and advanced genomics-based analytics can significantly accelerate the progress of breeding programs. This partnership marries the extensive breeding management capabilities of the PhenomeOne software with the predictive analytics and machine learning capabilities of Benson Hill’s CropOS™ computational platform – and namely the product features of the application Breed. This enables users to utilize one system to manage their breeding populations, test plots and phenotype data gathering, with user-friendly applications that will supply them with season-to-season insight on which lines to advance.

“Benson Hill is the industry leader in providing breeders with a decision support system to accelerate genetic gain and speed to market for new crop varieties”, said Yaniv Semel, co-founder and CEO of Phenome Networks. “That capability complements our data management system and our mission to equip our customers with the most advanced tools to support their breeding programs.”

By providing an integrated workflow between these cutting-edge systems, the collaboration creates a full lifecycle solution, enabling breeders to avoid the data management costs associated with data integration and improving the power of their program.

“This collaboration provides our partners with seamless access to the best breeding management software available, namely PhenomeOne, further empowering them to leverage CropOS to accelerate product development,” said Matthew Crisp, CEO and co-founder of Benson Hill Biosystems. “The team at Phenome Networks shares our vision to empower a diverse community of innovators to unlock the global genetic potential of plants to benefit people and our planet.”

About Phenome Networks

Phenome Networks Ltd provides a state of the art bio-informatics platform that organizes the wealth of genotype-to-phenotype data generated in the plant breeding process in commercial companies and academic institutes. The platform provides data management capabilities and allows extracting knowledge and insights that accelerate plant breeding. More information can be found online at www.phenome-networks.com.

About Benson Hill Biosystems

Benson Hill Biosystems is an agricultural technology company that unlocks the global genetic potential of plants to enhance the sustainability of food, feed, fiber and fuel production. Benson Hill and our partners harness natural and novel genetic variation through breeding, trait development and genome editing to develop products that accelerate crop improvement. More information can be found online at www.bensonhillbio.com. Follow us on Twitter at @BensonHillBio.