Why Soilcea

Soilcea is creating non-GMO citrus trees that cure the citrus industry’s deadliest diseases. Two bacterial diseases, citrus canker and citrus greening, are decimating the Florida citrus industry, having already cost the state over $7.8 billion in lost revenue. If the current decline continues, Florida's citrus industry will be all but obsolete in the near future. At Soilcea, our in-house team is working diligently with industry-respected researchers at the University of Florida, as well as other leading agricultural institutions, to forestall the rapid decline of citrus production and deliver a cure for these deadly pathogens by utilizing the powerful CRISPR/Cas9 system.

$1.5 billion Annual production decline

CRISPR/Cas9

Soilcea is utilizing the groundbreaking genetic alteration tool, known as the CRISPR/Cas9 system, to develop these non-GMO resistant citrus trees. The CRISPR/Cas9 system can be used to perform non-transgenic genome alterations of citrus trees by removing genes susceptible to specific bacterial diseases. This editing is different from traditional GMOs because no foreign DNA is inserted into the citrus tree from any foreign organism, such as an insect or another plant species. Due to the absence of foreign DNA, Soilcea's resistant citrus trees will provide a fully resistant, non-GMO solution to both canker and citrus greening.

Team

Yianni Lagos

Yianni Lagos

President

Yianni began his legal career at Angie’s List during the company’s IPO. Thereafter, Yianni began working at an industry-funded think tank, the Future of Privacy Forum, where he published an article describing de-identification in the Stanford Law Review. He then co-founded the investment firm, Spartan Brothers Capital, which primarily invests in real estate, farm enterprises, and tech start-ups. Yianni, a CFA Charterholder, earned his J.D., Magna Cum Laude, and his M.B.A. from Ohio State University, and he earned his B.A., Magna Cum Laude, from Vanderbilt University.

Chana Cannon

Chana Cannon

VP of Regulatory Affairs

Prior to co-founding Soilcea with Yianni, and focusing on the world of agriculture, Chana worked at the international law firm, White & Case, after receiving her J.D. from the Florida’s Levin College of Law. Thereafter, she worked as an antitrust attorney for WilmerHale in Washington, D.C., and was part of the legal team handling the largest antitrust case ever filed in U.S. history. The world of complex regulatory litigation eventually led her back to her home state of Florida to work for Senator Bill Galvano, the former majority leader of the Florida senate, focusing on myriad policy initiatives, including agricultural, environmental, and water policy.

Dr. Nian Wang

Dr. Nian Wang

Chief Scientific Advisor | Associate Professor – University of Florida

Dr. Wang is a well-respected leader in the agricultural sciences having published over fifty refereed articles. His lab pioneered citrus genome editing using CRISPR technology.  Dr. Wang earned his Ph.D. in plant pathology from Texas A&M University, his M.S. in plant pathology from the China Agricultural University, and his B.S. in plant protection from Shandong Agricultural University.  He was postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at the University of California, Berkeley.

Contact

Yianni D. Lagos
President
E: yianni@soilcea.com
C: 937.215.8371

Chana L. Cannon
VP of Regulatory Affairs
E: chana@soilcea.com
C: 202.870.2215