Our NBT is called: RTDS™. It is a system of technologies that integrates crop specific cell biology platforms with a series of gene editing technologies enabling trait development and their introgression into elite germplasm from our breeding partners (seed companies) with our automated Trait Machine.
New Breeding Techniques (NBTs) in agriculture improve the accuracy and the speed of the traditional breeding process. These new processes have moved beyond GMO technologies and can be performed without introducing foreign materials or transgenes in the final product. These products are indistinguishable from traditional breeding (or nature). They hold the promise to reshape the traditional crop protection business by ushering in a new era of replacing crop protection chemicals with heathier, sustainable crop protection traits in plants.
The Rapid Trait Development System™, RTDS, is Cibus’ proprietary gene editing breeding platform. RTDS is a family of technologies that are protected by over 300 patents and patent applications that cover multiple layers of intellectual property.
The advantage of the RTDS crop specific breeding platforms is its accuracy, speed, and cost. Besides requiring the introduction of recombinant DNA (foreign genetic material) to develop a trait, the GMO breeding process is both expensive and time-consuming. Not only does RTDS not integrate any foreign genetic material such as transgenes or recombinant DNA, but the RTDS breeding process is significantly faster, more efficient and scalable.
This is the power and the opportunity behind Cibus’ gene editing technology platform, RTDS. It enables us to respond more quickly to changes in the environment than Mother Nature could. It can create Crop Protection Trait Products enabling disease resistance, insect control and weed control. In addition, because of its speed and accuracy, in areas like disease resistance, it will enable traits to address new pathogens or variants that appear in our changing environment. In essence, RTDS enables us to accelerate natural evolution by enabling plants to respond more quickly to the changes in their environment.
In essence, RTDS enables us to accelerate natural evolution by enabling plants to respond more quickly to the changes in their environment.