Over 10 years ago, Adapt-N originated in the lab of Harold van Es. He and his lab tested Adapt-N in thousands of farmers’ fields in several states, thanks to the support of federal and private grant funding. The first version of Adapt-N was created in 2005 and the first web edition launched in 2008.
From there demand grew rapidly and the Cornell team realized they needed a company to manage the software so they could focus on their primary work: research. After licensing the product through the Cornell Center for Technology Enterprise and Commercialization, van Es connected with Greg Levow, Steve Sibulkin and Holly Trytten, who together co-founded Agronomic Technology Corp (ATC).
ATC took over management of Adapt-N at the end of 2013 through a unique public-private partnership with the university. Bolstered by a $2.3 million venture capital investment, the startup has moved on from its first home in Cornell’s life sciences business incubator, a little more than a year after it arrived, and was successfully launched for commercial use for the 2014 season. van Es remains a scientific consultant for the company.