Woburn, MA - September 10, 2020 - Enko Chem Inc. (Enko) today was honored as the "AgTech Company of the Year" in the inaugural AgTech Breakthrough Awards program. Led by market intelligence organizations AgTech Breakthrough, the awards program recognizes the top companies, technologies and products in the global AgTech market.
"Enko's innovative combination of science and technology is bringing real innovation to the crop protection sector and pushing the $60b industry forward by leaps and bounds," said Bryan Vaughn, Managing Director of AgTech Breakthrough Awards. "We are delighted to give Enko the AgTech Company of the Year Award for its part in trying to solve longstanding farming and food production challenges with a commitment to sustainability, safety, and innovation."
Enko is reinventing small molecule R&D to discover novel products that help farmers more safely and sustainable protect crops from pests and disease. Its target-based approach integrates a suite of complementary technologies, combining drug discovery innovations with structural biology, cheminformatics, and machine learning to dramatically improve the scale and speed of traditional R&D. The core of its technology, DNA-encoded library screening, is a mass screening process developed for drug discovery in human healthcare that enables Enko to simultaneously screen billions of molecules and tap into new chemical diversity.
"Crop protection is critical for agricultural productivity and more sustainable farming practices like no-till, but antiquated chemistries are raising safety concerns and failing to address increasing pest resistance. Enko is committed to using new technologies to enrich and accelerate the discovery and development of novel products with the improved profiles that farmers desire. Our innovative approach will reduce costs and increase quality to more safely advance sustainable food production," added Jacqueline Heard, CEO of Enko. "We are honored to have Enko's progress in this vital industry recognized by AgTech Breakthrough with the Company of the Year award."
The AgTech Breakthrough Awards honors excellence and recognizes innovation in a range of agricultural and food technology categories, including Internet-of-Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), farm management, indoor farming, food quality, data analytics and many more. This year's program attracted more than 1,750 nominations from over 15 countries.
About Enko Chem, Inc.
Enko discovers and develops novel products for farmers to protect their crops from pests and disease. Its proprietary technology platform represents a revolutionary approach to rapidly discover safe and economical solutions that are needed to ensure sustainable food production. Led by a team of proven scientists, entrepreneurs and ag-industry veterans, Enko's innovative science, agile design, and discovery of new modes of action is producing next-generation crop protection solutions that will overcome the critical challenges facing industry. For more information visit enkochem.com.
About AgTech Breakthrough Awards
Part of Tech Breakthrough, a leading market intelligence and recognition platform for global technology innovation and leadership, the AgTech Breakthrough Awards program is devoted to honoring excellence in agricultural technologies, services, companies and products. The AgTech Breakthrough Awards program provides a forum for public recognition around the achievements of AgTech companies and solutions in categories including farm management, indoor farming, automation, IoT and robotics, food quality, analytics and more. For more information visit AgTechBreakthrough.com.
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