"We believe it is our duty to society to achieve the impossible."

Andrey Zarur, Ph.D. - CEO


Our World faces enormous challenges and risks that currently have no comprehensive, effective, or simple solution: 

  • Equitable access to healthcare, food, and clean water
  • Ability to respond to global pandemics
  • Control of agricultural pests and disease vectors that have become resistant to traditional chemical pesticides.

These represent a small subset of what must be achieved to ensure global sustainable development. RNA has been shown to be a safe, ecologically-friendly, highly specific means to address these problems. However, the high cost of RNA production prohibits its widespread use.

GreenLight has developed a scalable process for the low-cost production of RNA, and is designing products to address many of these issues in an economical, sustainable, environmentally friendly, and highly specific manner.




GreenLight's Cell-Free Bioprocessing method to produce RNA allows a dramatic reduction in manufacturing cost and has demonstrated scalability for a wide range of applications, putting us at the forefront of an RNA revolution.



GreenLight's team of scientists work to manufacture RNAs for Agricultural and Health Applications, that address needs including pest control and disease management, by specifically targeting pests and disease vectors.



GreenLight partners with some of the world's leading corporations, academic institutions, philanthropic, and nonprofit organizations to develop RNA-based solutions that work to address global needs.

RNA is one of the basic building blocks of life.


RNA mediates virtually every process in all living organisms. Controlling RNA biology allows exquisitely precise modulation of biological processes. Over the last two decades, a global effort has demonstrated the utility of manufactured RNAs to regulate biological processes, opening up a world of possibilities.


Key milestones include:

  • small-interfering RNAs (siRNAs) to stop disease in humans and animals
  • messenger RNAs (mRNAs) as highly effective vaccines to control infectious disease
  • double-stranded RNAs (dsRNAs) in agriculture to controls pests, including insects, weeds and fungi, in a highly specific, environmentally friendly manner

Despite the flexibility, efficacy and specificity of RNA-based solutions, their broad industrial application has been stifled by the prohibitive cost associated with large-scale production of RNAs.

GreenLight has developed a unique, proprietary Cell-Free Bioprocessing method to produce RNA. The unprecedented low-cost of production and inherent scalability of our technology enables the broad deployment of RNA-based products, placing GreenLight at the forefront of the RNA revolution


Producing RNA to Address Global Challenges


GreenLight has partnered with some of the world's leading corporations, academic institutions, philanthropic and nonprofit organizations to develop RNA-based solutions that address global needs.



RNA for Agriculture

Agricultural pests affect every region on the globe, but have a more pronounced impact among the poorest nations due to their inability to invest in modern agricultural practices.

The estimated global crop loss to pests is >$100 Billion every year.  These include insects, weeds, plant viruses, and fungi; many of these either have no current means of control or have developed resistance against our traditional pesticides. Additionally, greater than 95% of the total pesticides sprayed never reach their target species. The vast majority of the chemicals sprayed or applied end up accumulating in our soil, water or food; affecting beneficial insects, such as bees and butterflies.



dsRNA can be utilized to efficiently and specifically target the pest of interest through a natural process known as RNA interference (RNAi). RNAi is a process found in most living organisms wherein it acts to transiently control a variety of functions. We can take advantage of this process to control pests through suppression of key genes in a temporary and reversible manner. By matching the sequence of the native RNA encoding an essential gene in the target pest, expression of that gene can be disrupted, effectively silencing it, resulting in death of the target pest. In addition to directly killing pests, RNA can be used to control other processes vital to pest proliferation and virulence.  For example, RNAi can inhibit wing development in insects, or can block herbidical resistance development in weeds.  RNA interference is highly specific, in that its effects are confined to the targeted pest. A treatment that blocks wing development in one insect pest could be made completely innocuous to other beneficial insects, such as bees.

GreenLight has ongoing collaborations with leading agricultural companies to develop and bring to market integrated RNA solutions to significant crop pests.  In addition, GreenLight is developing proprietary targets for specialty crops.  GreenLight projects that the cost of these next-generation pesticides will be comparable to, or even lower than, traditional chemical treatments.  We expect to initiate field testing of these approaches in early 2018.


RNA for Vector Control Applications

Diseases spread by mammals, birds, or most frequently, insects (collectively referred to as vectors) present substantial global health challenges. Mosquitos currently represent the most threatening vector to both domestic and global communities, resulting in millions of deaths per year (World Health Organization). Several of the diseases propagated by mosquitos do not have effective cures (for example Zika, Dengue, and West Nile fevers). For others, such as malaria, treatments are prohibitively expensive for the most affected populations, and resistance is developing rapidly. Targeting vectors represents a powerful option for controlling and eventually eradicating these diseases. However, like chemical pesticides, many approaches for reducing mosquito populations are too expensive for large scale deployment and can damage non-targeted species and ecosystems.


The Solution

RNA can selectively target disease vectors without adversely impacting other organisms. A specific species of mosquito could be precisely targeted due to the high specificity of RNA interference. GreenLight’s Cell-Free platform makes large scale production feasible and enables deployment of RNA technology to regions of all economic standing. The adaptable nature of the platform facilitates rapid design and deployment of new solutions to emerging vectors and diseases. We believe that RNA technology, enabled by our platform, will be a powerful tool towards eradicating these burdensome diseases.


RNA for Vaccines

mRNA Vaccines constitute one of the most promising avenues to address global pandemics, as well as to replace traditional neo-natal and annual vaccines. These vaccines combine desirable immunological properties with an outstanding safety profile, as well as limitless flexibility to target rapidly-mutating pathogens. Several large pharmaceutical companies, as well as nascent biotechnology startups, are in the process of developing mRNA vaccines, both for human and animal use. However, speed of development and efficient, scaled manufacturing remain enormous challenges in making mRNA vaccines a commercial reality. 


The Solution

The GreenLight cell-free RNA platform is capable of producing high-quality, high-fidelity mRNA sequences suitable to be used in vaccine exploration. The unprecedented flexibility and scalability of GreenLight’s platform enable rapid development of new vaccines coupled with large-scale efficient manufacturing potential.