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Cibus expands IP coverage for gene editing and plant traits

Includes advancements in productivity traits and quality traits like high fiber wheat, facilitated by Cibus' proprietary technology.

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Cibus, Inc. announced the expansion of its intellectual property (IP) coverage for ten gene editing and trait families. This strategic growth, achieved over the past six months, strengthens the company's patent portfolio in key regions including Europe, Asia, Latin America, Canada, and the United States.

The newly expanded IP covers various aspects of gene editing, productivity traits, and quality traits such as high fiber wheat. Cibus is renowned for its development of complex gene-edited traits in plants, including Pod Shatter Reduction in Canola and Herbicide Tolerance in Rice. These advancements are facilitated by the company's proprietary Rapid Trait Development System (RTDS®), which employs Gene Repair Oligonucleotides (GRON) and Transcription Activator-Like Effector Nuclease (TALEN) technology.

“The development of our intellectual property is foundational to our strategy and demonstrates our ability to edit complex traits across multiple crops,” said Greg Gocal, PhD, Co-Founder, Executive Vice President, and Chief Scientific Officer at Cibus. “We are pleased with the recognition from patent offices in many countries, validating our know-how and ability to develop gene-edited traits. It is also important that legacy traits from our merger with Calyxt, Inc., like High Fiber Wheat and Improved Quality Alfalfa, are part of our intellectual property portfolio that includes the use of TALEN technologies.”

Noel Sauer, PhD, Senior Vice President of Research at Cibus, added, “Cibus’ technology team actively supports the company’s commercial advancement efforts through the protection of our trait and gene editing intellectual property. Protected traits can help accelerate our seed company customers’ timelines to farmer’s fields across global markets.”

The newly secured patents enhance Cibus’ already robust IP portfolio, which now includes over 1,000 patents and patent applications. This extensive coverage underscores Cibus' leadership in gene editing and plant trait development, driving innovation and development in agricultural technology.

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