In 2012, the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (Cicp) and Biocrossroads (a CICP subsidiary) determined that an organized initiative was needed to shine a spotlight on innovation in agbioscience, a linkage between life sciences and agricultural science, as well as to support its continued growth throughout the state. With support from government, academic, and industry stakeholders, the Indiana Food and Agriculture Innovation Initiative was formed in late 2013. It was rebranded as AgriNovus Indiana the following year.

AgriNovus Indiana, which started as a project under Biocrossroads, initiated a study to examine the state’s agbiosciences (agriculture, biology, and science) assets and to identify opportunities for future industry growth. The 2014 published report, released in collaboration with Battelle Technology Partnership Practice, identified four key sectors the state could leverage: plant science and crop protection; animal health (veterinary) and nutrition products; value-added human food and nutrition products; and agricultural production equipment, processing equipment, and precision agricultural systems.

Following the release of this report, AgriNovus Indiana was reorganized as CICP’s fifth branded initiative (subsidiary) in 2015. The organization’s mission is to help grow Indiana’s agbiosciences economy, which involves the convergence of food, agriculture, science, and technology. AgriNovus has developed numerous projects and events to achieve this goal.

In 2015, the organization held its inaugural Agbioscience Innovation Summit. This annual event brings together industry leaders, entrepreneurs, scientists, and investors for forward-thinking presentations, panel discussions, and networking opportunities related to the agbiosciences industry.

A similar program is the Agbioscience Start-up Showcase. Launched in 2017, this event features conversations with Indiana-based agbioscience start-ups about their technology, products, and services. It is presented in partnership with the Purdue Foundry Exchange (FoundryX).

Another collaborative initiative is the National FFA Blue Room, an experiential learning space where students can learn how agriculture and technology work together to create advances in the agbiosciences industry. It was developed by AgriNovus, Microsoft, and the National Future Farmers Of America (Faa) in 2018.

Students interested in the agbiosciences field can use Field Atlas, launched in 2020, to explore the field and its career opportunities.

In addition to AgriNovus’ various programs and events, the organization also publishes original research. This work usually addresses industry trends and developments as well as Indiana’s contributions to the agbioscience field.

Revised June 2021

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