Meet Derek

Name: Derek Rapp
Company: Divergence
Larta Program: USDA-CATP
City: St. Louis, Missouri

Problem: Parasitic nematode worms cause billions of dollars in crop losses annually and disease in people, livestock, and pets.

Solution: Derek was able to pioneer significant improvements in crop resistance and protection from pests using Divergence’s platform in genomics and RNA interference.

Success: Derek's company was acquired by leading global provider of technology-based agriculture solutions, Monsanto, in 2011, after participating in Larta Commercialization Assistance programs on three occasions as well as in Larta's Ag Innovation Showcase. He explains, “Larta helped us to think comprehensively about our opportunities and Larta's Ag Innovation Showcase was key to bringing new relationships to the table.”