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InnerPlant Named to Fast Company’s Second Annual List of the Next Big Things in Tech

InnerSoy Living Sensor honored as tech breakthrough that promises to transform the future


InnerPlant, the company using plant physiology to unlock data and make global farming more efficient and sustainable, today was named to Fast Company’s second annual Next Big Things in Tech list, honoring technology breakthroughs that promise to shape the future of industries—from agriculture and environment to productivity and artificial intelligence. The list gave honorable mention to the InnerSoy Living Sensor in the Food and Agriculture category.

The InnerSoy Living Sensor is the world’s first soybean plant that gives off optical signals - detectable by cameras on tractors or satellites - when it’s thirsty or sick so farmers can keep plants healthy and maximize yields while reducing the need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

This breakthrough technology lets plants communicate with people to give farmers early warning about stressors, like lack of water or nutrients or attacks by pathogens, at the single-plant level before stressors affect entire fields.

“Our farming system is at an inflection point. Innovation is critical to ensure continued food production for a growing population while maintaining the health of our soils and food,” points out Shely Aronov, InnerPlant’s CEO and co-founder. “InnerSoy’s ability to signal when it’s under stress digitizes crop stress so farmers can mitigate risk in their fields without relying on the broad, blanket application of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. The future of agriculture is fewer chemicals with higher yields and greatly improved soil health.”

This year, 83 technologies developed by established companies, startups or research teams are highlighted for their cutting-edge advancements and potential to impact consumers, businesses and society overall. While not all of the technological developments are available in the market yet, each one is reaching key milestones in order to have a proven impact in the next five years. Fast Company also recognized 41 honorable mentions.

“Technology breakthroughs and cutting-edge advancements promise to be the solution to some of the world’s most pressing issues. Fast Company is excited to highlight some of the organizations, of all sizes and industry backgrounds, whose technology advancements today will lead to a better tomorrow,” says Brendan Vaughan, editor-in-chief of Fast Company.

Click here to see the final list.

The Winter 2022/2023 issue of Fast Company is available online now and will hit newsstands on December 6.

About Inner Plant
InnerPlant is a team of curious scientists and entrepreneurs creating innovative traits that harness plant physiology and unlock data at scale to boost global agricultural yields and sustainability. The company was founded in 2018 by Shely Aronov and Rod Kumimoto. InnerPlant was recently recognized with a Special Mention TIME Best Inventions and was named a finalist in General Excellence by Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Awards. For more information visit:

About Fast Company
Fast Company is the only media brand fully dedicated to the vital intersection of business, innovation, and design, engaging the most influential leaders, companies, and thinkers on the future of business. The editor-in-chief is Brendan Vaughan. Headquartered in New York City, Fast Company is published by Mansueto Ventures LLC, along with our sister publication, Inc., and can be found online at

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