One of the many ways in which G2 serves the horticultural industries is that we provide technology assistance to other independent plant breeders.
When we say technology assistance, we are referring to using state-of-the-art modern technology to help a plant breeder make genetic progress. Imagine that you have successfully made an interspecific hybrid, and that the hybrid is sterile. An apparent genetic dead-end. G2 may be able to help you induce fertility in that hybrid, and enable you to continue to breed with that plant as a parent.
Then again, we may have no more success than you did. But if your sterile hybrid is nearing the end of its protected life, and your stream of licensing revenue is about to end, it might be worth the investment to at least explore further breeding opportunities.
We may be able to assist you in making additional interspecific hybrids. Or to induce polyploidy. Or to induce mutations of value. All of these skills are in the G2 toolbox. We would be pleased to discuss the real opportunities with you.
Yes, we are willing to do this even though we may appear to be be competitors. We do this even when we may have competing products in development.
How can this work?
First of all, once we have a mutual non-disclosure in place, we will be able to tell you where our projects may be in conflict. It is our commitment to our clients that we will not compete with them on a project-to-project basis. If you ask us to conduct a product development project on a particular species to fill a specific market niche, we will agree to do so only if we are not conducting a parallel proprietary project.
Neither will we conduct parallel projects for multiple clients. Even though we are comfortable with the concept, and believe that we could successfully run multiple parallel projects for multiple clients in full confidentiality --- we have chosen not to do so. This will make life simpler for all of us.
Are we limiting our future? Not unless we overbook our capacity. Our goal is to have contract research (CR) occupy about half of our operational capacity. Even as we add additional capacity, we intend to limit the CR portion to 50 percent. That puts a cap on the number of projects we can run simultaneously, even as we add capacity. The simple solution is to not work in the same market niche for more than one client.