Research and Development
Plant Phenotyping and
Scientific Software Development
Confluence Research and Development helps research companies reach their goals through automation and data science. Our latest PlantGAZER and TrayGAZER products enable plant scientists to rank treatments by monitoring growth and stress of plants. We are proud that our plant phenotyping instruments already help researchers discover natural alternatives to traditional synthetic fertilizers.
We recognize that small research companies make the most significant contributions but may struggle initially without a data science or engineering department. Confluence R&D improves your workflow by adding software and hardware that create the greatest improvement in just the right spots, and train your staff to maintain the new systems. We desire long-term relationships with our customers.
Plant phenotyping designed for the plant scientist using trays.
Our TrayGAZER plant phenotyping system is perfect for the plant scientist performing pure science or developing the next agricultural breakthrough. Designed around the standard 1020 nursery trays, backlighting of Petri dishes is an option. A camera moves to center itself above each tray insert before taking a high resolution image. All images and results are immediately visible to the operator so they may review and make any alterations while still possible. Images and results are stored to a central server and organized for easy access. We help you configure the system during installation and the software is simple to use.
Expertise. Intuition. Ingenuity.
PLANT PHENOTYPING SYSTEMS
Our plant phenotyping systems are more than hardware instruments. We believe that systems should complement your research, not define it. We learn your goals and processes and offer recommendations. When we install a system, we work with your team to tailor it to your needs.
SCIENTIFIC SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT
Software automates much of scientific discovery. Scientific software is niche area best written by someone with experience. It's through cross pollination between the domains that the greatest breakthroughs will come. Contact us to learn how we can help you.
Automation quickly creates a lot of data that must be converted to information. We love helping companies to start plant phenotype. We can assist by developing custom analytics that you may not even know is possible and training your staff.
Plant phenotyping designed for the plant scientist using pots.
Our PlantGAZER plant phenotyping system is perfect for a plant science company developing the next agricultural breakthrough traits and treatments. Designed around potted plants up to 18" diameter and 30" high including the pot.. Three cameras move to center themselves above, to the side, and in the corner before taking high resolution images. A turntable turns the plant to capture images from all orientations. All images and results are immediately visible to the operator so they may review and make any alterations while still possible. Images and results are stored to a central server and organized for easy access. We help you configure the system during installation and the software is simple to use.
Confluence R&D is family business with pride in all that we do,
based in Des Moines, Iowa, USA.
Kent VanderVelden, PhD
Owner, Managing Engineer and Scientist
Kent has over 20 years of industrial and academic experience applying technology to improve the work flow of researchers. Before Confluence R&D, Kent led a team of informaticists developing data analysis pipelines for a large biotech company. Witnessing the potential for improving people's working lives led Kent to develop software and hardware systems for small companies. Kent loves learning, making, and helping others. These loves are incredibly complementary and the result shows.
Melinda VanderVelden, MSEE, JD
Originally a systems engineer in precision agriculture, Melinda then earned her JD and has years of experience prosecuting biotech, mechanical, and electrical patents and negotiating contracts. Melinda also owns an IP law firm developing IP strategies for others.
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Confluence R&D, LLC
6165 NW 86th St
Johnston, IA 50131
+1 (515) 864-1694