About Us

At Acceligen, we care about the health and well-being of the animals that provide sustenance to the world. We're a leader in precision breeding, a proven technology that addresses long-standing challenges in animal health and caretaking. Our team is working with farmers and ranchers worldwide to help them provide safe, abundant food by raising healthier animals in a more sustainable manner. We're part of a team of experts pursuing solutions to global food security, an urgent issue as populations rise, cropland shrinks, and the climate changes. We envision that with our technology, global consumers will have better access to the meat and dairy products they enjoy, and farmers will be able to raise fewer animals using less natural resources.


Our Expertise

Our ability to precisely deliver traits based on gene editing technology provides animal breeders new opportunities to accelerate genetic improvement. By introducing unique and valuable genetics, we can dramatically shorten the development cycles typical of conventional selective breeding. Our work has been documented in over 300 peer-reviewed publications and written been covered many times by both scientific and consumer media outlets.



Our Technology

We're innovating Precision Breeding using the latest advances in animal genetics science to develop, test and deliver the safest and most precise solutions to better food animal health and well-being. The tools of Precision Breeding, including CRISPR/Cas9 and TALENS, are widely used by scientists around the world working in public and private institutions focused on improving human and animal health, agriculture, energy, and environmental sciences. More than 20,000 peer-reviewed publications are describing how these tools work and their efficacy. We've received numerous competitive grants from different agencies within the USDA and others to pursue answers to problems that have long challenged current agricultural practices. 

Our team

The Acceligen team includes renown animal geneticists, scientists, business experts, ranchers, farmers, partners, consumers, academics, public policymakers, collaborators, specialized staff and advisors from many backgrounds who weigh-in on the ethical deployment of our technologies.
Tad Sonstegard, Ph.D.
Chief Executive & Scientific Officer
Sabreena Larson. M.S.
Chief Operations Officer
Daniel Pomp
Chairman Of The Board
Peter Hajas
Board of Directors
Dr. Anna Campbell
Board of Directors
Rocco Morelli
Board of Directors
Ronan Loftus
Board of Directors
Bill Ferrell
Board of Directors

Our Partners

Two laboratories at the USDA-ARS Meat Animal Research Center collaborate with Acceligen through separate funded cooperative research agreements to characterize traits for resistance to Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus and Castration-Free in swine, respectively. 
Animal breeders at Hypor of Hendrix Genetics have partnered with Acceligen to develop and study Castration-Free swine through a RD&C agreement. 
The USDA-ARS Dairy Forage Center has partnered with Acceligen through a funded cooperative research agreement to develop traits for tick resistance through comparative genomics and to develop more precise editing tools for livestock. 
Researchers at University College Dublin and Queen’s University Belfast have partnered with Acceligen to identify and test naturally occurring BTBr traits. This TARGET-TB project is funded by the USDA-NIFA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants, Ireland’s Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine and Northern Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs. 
Scientists at University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna are collaborating under a commercial contract to produce heat tolerant (SLICK) dual purpose cattle for farmers in South America and Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Scientists at the University of Florida Department of Animal Sciences and the Semex Alliance have partnered with Acceligen to develop and characterize heat tolerant cattle through our Foundation for Food and Agriculture funded project “Precision breeding cattle for heat resilience: unraveling the role of SLICK genotypes on metabolism and animal health”. 
We have contract research agreements with the University of Nebraska and Iowa State University to develop complete development of traits for Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus resistance in swine and monosexing/sterility in fish, respectively. 
We are collaborating through separate RD&C agreements with the Semex Alliance and Kheiron to introduce the bovine polled trait into elite genetic lines of dairy animals. 
We have teamed up with Fazendas do Basa, Kheiron (Argentina) and Trans Ova Genetics to generate dairy animals that will generate significant and sustainable production gains for African dairy production systems. These animals will have novel sequence variants delivered through a multiplex gene editing platform. Funding for this 5-yr project “Precision crossbreeding for African Dairy Production Systems” is through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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