A NEW APPROACH
TO DISCOVERY

Supporting a sustainable food
system through modern innovation

A SOUND FUTURE

Agriculture is facing new challenges: producing enough amount of food for a growing population, reducing land use, protecting natural resources, and dealing with changing weather patterns. Traditional farming approaches need to be modernized in order to meet these demands and ensure the sustainability of our land and security of our food for future generations.

At the same time, growers are dealing with water limitation, nutrient constraints, weather variability, and the limits of plant physiology. These issues can lead to limited production, reduced food quality, and increased food waste. Our discovery process focuses on these type of environmental stress issues and identifies new ways to overcome them.

NATURE, AMPLIFIED

At Sound, we study how plants interact with the natural environment. There is a complex system of communication between plants and microbes that is vital to a plant’s survival. Plants send small molecule signals to microbes telling them to initiate processes to help plants fight disease, increase nutrient uptake, thrive when faced with limited water, and more.

Our discoveries use insights about how these interactions take place, combined with today’s computing power and high throughput biology. The resulting products guide plant and microbe “conversations” to help plants overcome adverse conditions and continue to flourish despite environmental challenges. And, thanks to modern advancements in machine learning, we are able to do this at a scale and speed that has never been possible until now.

OUR EXPERTISE

Our team of scientists have expertise in a wide range of scientific disciplines, bringing together many unique perspectives to problem solving. Through daily collaboration and an underlying focus on creativity, we are bringing new solutions to growers. These cutting-edge technologies disrupt traditional input-intensive techniques, and empower growers with accessible, modern tools that help them meet production, revenue and sustainability goals.

DISCOVERY PLATFORM

Scientific insights combined with modern computing power and high throughput biology drives our innovation.

We start with unique insights into plant and soil interactions, then leverage today’s computing power and high throughput biology to create a proprietary knowledge asset. We can discover new products at a scale and speed that were previously impossible.

FOCUS AREAS

Our team is committed to finding solutions that lead to healthier, tastier and more sustainable food.

Two distinct discovery platforms allow us to tackle many of today’s biggest agriculture challenges to build a more resilient and agile food system.

Bio-Inspired Products: helping growers achieve sustainability goals with science-backed products that provide real results.

Expressive Breeding: building a healthier and more secure food system through next-generation breeding.

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