Athian and BiomEdit Announce First-of-its-Kind Collaboration to Develop Sustainability Protocols and Products in Parallel
Targeted, ground-breaking solutions intend to reward livestock producers for certified reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and previously undeveloped areas in animal health
INDIANAPOLIS & FISHERS, IND. – October 18, 2023 – Athian (athian.ai), the world’s first cloud-based carbon marketplace for the livestock industry, and BiomEdit (biomedit.com), an emerging animal health biotechnology company, announced a collaboration to validate groundbreaking protocols from sustainability outcomes in livestock production based on product innovation in development from BiomEdit.
BiomEdit is advancing innovative programs based on their unique platform combining microbiome science and synthetic biology to introduce novel biologic products targeting significant challenges facing animals, humans and our shared habitat. The collaboration with Athian features the company’s leading research program to find microbial solutions for methane emission reduction in dairy and beef cattle. Other products in the BiomEdit pipeline intended as part of the collaboration focus on providing non-antibiotic solutions for infectious disease and food safety pathogens found in livestock.
Athian’s Sustainable Livestock Systems platform is an industry-based analytics tool powered by AI that enables the livestock industry to make good on its sustainability commitments by providing carbon “insetting” credits. Athian’s carbon credit marketplace provides quality greenhouse gas credits that fund livestock producers’ sustainability measures. As part of this collaboration, Athian will apply many of the validation and verification concepts used to develop methane reduction credits to lend additional assurances and market opportunities to antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and food safety risk reductions.
“This collaboration with BiomEdit provides another example where our approach to carbon insetting can be applied to emerging solutions, in this case we are enabling BiomEdit to tune their development of novel methane reduction solutions with this end in mind,” said Paul Myer, CEO of Athian. “We’re equally excited to begin pioneering work with BiomEdit on important sustainability opportunities such as antimicrobial resistance risk reduction and food safety. In BiomEdit we’ve found an animal health innovator that is not only developing products, but working with us to ensure that livestock producers will benefit from the utilization of these new products.”
“Athian is pioneering the establishment of protocols that give credit to livestock producers for adopting practices that offer production efficiency and positively impact important areas like greenhouse gas emission, antimicrobial resistance and food safety,” said Aaron Schacht, CEO of BiomEdit. “At BiomEdit, our microbiome and synthetic biology capabilities allow us to pioneer biological solutions that address these daunting challenges in livestock production. Through this partnership with Athian, we believe we can introduce additional product value that benefits the livestock producer.”
Athian’s key mission is to help the beef and dairy value chains capture and claim carbon credits earned
through sustainability efforts by aggregating, validating, and certifying greenhouse gas (GHG)
reductions, and monetizing those reductions for the producer through the sale of carbon insetting
BiomEdit is an emerging animal health biotechnology company that leverages a unique platform
combining the leading science of the microbiome with synthetic biology to innovate novel animal
health products to address challenges in livestock production and pet health. Founded through a
strategic partnership in 2022 between Elanco Animal Health (NYSE: ELAN) and Ginkgo Bioworks (NYSE: DNA), the company was born from a carve-out of technology and assets from Elanco combined with access to Ginkgo’s leading cell programming platform technology. BiomEdit is a private venture with funding from Anterra Capital, Viking Global Investors, Ferment, and Nutreco Ventures. In 2022,
BiomEdit was recognized by S&P Global Animal Health as Best Start-up in Animal Health in its annual
animal health industry awards.