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Monsanto Inks Deal to Evaluate Two Pore Guys Nanopore Sensor System

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Two Pore Guys announced today that it has signed an agreement under which its portable nanopore sensor system will be evaluated by Monsanto for agricultural applications.

The system uses synthetic probes that bind to molecules of interest and then pass through solid-state nanopores, enabling detection of the target molecules. According to Two Pore Guys, Monsanto will develop and evaluate assays for the system for biomolecule detection in crops, pests, and pathogens under laboratory and field conditions.

Additional terms of the arrangement were not disclosed.

"While Monsanto is the first partner in the agriculture market, we have similar relationships with companies spanning multiple markets, including human and animal diagnostics, and environmental monitoring," Two Pore Guys CEO Dan Heller said in a statement.

In January, Two Pore Guys announced a collaboration with the University of California, San Francisco to develop a liquid biopsy assay for its nanopore system.