Soilcea is creating non-GMO citrus trees that cure the citrus industry’s deadliest diseases. Two bacterial diseases, citrus canker and Huanglongbing (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 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
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.
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
Chief Scientific Advisor | Associate Professor – University of Florida
Dr. Wang is a well-respected leader in the agricultural sciences having published over fifty referenced 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.