DAVIS, Calif. & KANSAS CITY, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE )--TechAccel , the Kansas City-based technology and venture development company, today announced its selection of a grant recipient under the Venture Catalyst Science Translation and Innovative Research (STAIR™) Grant program at The University of California, Davis. Anne Britt, Ph.D., a professor in the UC Davis Plant Biology Department, will receive $50,000 to perform a proof-of-concept of her technology–a novel method of rapid and efficient gene editing in a tomato plant. TechAccel earlier committed to an expansion of the Venture Catalyst STAIR grant program, which is in its fifth year. TechAccel was also represented on the STAIR Grant selection committee that reviewed 29 applications from UC Davis researchers for this year’s award. The winning candidate receives funding for proof-of-concept research aimed at demonstrating commercial feasibility.