Dr. Jonathan Vaught is CEO and Founder of Front Range Biosciences®, an innovative agricultural biotechnology company providing Clean Stock® nurseries and varietal development programs for high value crops. He has spent the last 15 years developing and commercializing new technologies for applications in agriculture, human diagnostics, and food safety. Previously, he was Director of Assay Development at Velocity Sciences. Prior to Velocity he was a Senior Product Development Scientist at Beacon Biotechnology and a Scientist at SomaLogic. He brings together a diverse background of business development, management, and scientific expertise in organic synthesis, biochemistry, assay development, molecular diagnostics, and analytical chemistry. He is an inventor on two patents and an author on seven publications in peer reviewed journals. Dr. Vaught received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his BS in chemistry from North Carolina State University.
In agricultural verticals that utilize cloning practices, tissue culture is the predominant method for propagation of each new planting. The cannabis industry is growing so quickly and the plant count has reached a critical mass, so the risk for massive disease outbreak is significant. The best way to prevent these catastrophes in a pesticide-free way is utilizing a tissue culture clean stock program, which provides cultivators with clean, disease-free clones to start their production cycle.
Broadly speaking, the tissue culture propagation process begins by taking vegetative material either from customers or a library of germplasm. The materials initiate into tissue culture, removing disease and acclimatizing the plant to the tissue culture environment. Next comes testing the proprietary media formulations on the varietal to find the most efficient and productive match. Following testing, it’s time to multiply the now disease-free clean stock material to prepare for production. Once completed the clones are ready for delivery to customers. It’s also possible to provide genetic banking, or long-term storage. Using tissue culture techniques, large libraries of varietals can be stored in a safe, efficient manner. Upon request, banked varietals can be spun back up into production quickly.