In February 2017, Syngenta launched a Digital Innovation Lab at the University of Illinois Research Park, employing four full-time employees as well as University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign student talent to help solve agricultural challenges.
“Outside the box” thinking is necessary for projects, and employees have access to tools, technologies, partnerships, and resources that enable the research, investigation, and delivery of new and novel solutions for seeds’ product development using data analytics.
“Innovation in agriculture is the lifeblood of the work we do at Syngenta. Our goal is to bring new talent to solve difficult challenges, with a focus on seed innovation at the Research Park,” said Bill Danker, Syngenta Domain Head, Seeds Research and Breeding.
Digital data innovation is the focus, providing Syngenta agile capabilities that enable the company to accelerate the pace of its digital journey. It fosters new ways of gaining insight to make decisions from the company’s data assets. Additionally, the Lab develops capabilities in breeding engineering, digital agriculture, information technology, application development, and big data.
In conjunction with the opening of the new office, Syngenta has an industry partnership with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This partnership enables Syngenta to leverage the NCSA’s unique expertise in high-performance modeling, simulation, and big data to gain a competitive edge.
For more on this partnership between Syngenta, NCSA, and the Research Park, visit insideHPC.