RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., July 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- AgBiome LLC, a private company harnessing the plant microbiome for novel agricultural pest solutions, announced today that it has secured $65 million in Series C financing that will help the company bring novel crop protection products and solutions to the market. The investment group includes: The University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO), Fidelity Management and Research Company, Polaris Partners, ARCH Venture Partners, Innotech Advisers, Pontifax Global Food and Agriculture Technology Fund, and Monsanto Growth Ventures.
"This is a watershed moment for AgBiome, and for agriculture. The support from UTIMCO, Fidelity, Polaris, Arch and other investors allows us to realize our vision to be the leading innovator in agriculture" says Scott Uknes, Co-CEO and Board member of AgBiome.
Tom Dietz, Chairman of AgBiome's Board, added "These are exciting times for AgBiome and the capital raise is going to add to the foundation for continued growth and success."
"Polaris is delighted to participate in and support AgBiome's tremendous progress," comments Amir Nashat, Managing Partner of Polaris Partners and a member of AgBiome's Board. "This financing round will accelerate the company's trajectory to become the leading solution-based innovator in crop protection."
AgBiome is leading the way in the next agricultural revolution with the most innovative use of the plant microbiome for identifying and developing genetic traits and biological pesticides. The company is expanding its capabilities in bringing new products to the market and accelerating the strategy of combining biologicals with synthetic chemicals for maximum efficacy and mitigation of pesticide resistance.
"This investment enables AgBiome to develop markets for Howler™ and Connate™ products that consist of combinations of biologicals and chemicals. These products will allow for the reduced use of necessary chemicals along with high efficacy that agriculture needs. This is a game-changing technology for agriculture," says John Rabby, Commercial Director at AgBiome Innovations.
AgBiome discovers and develops innovative biological and trait products for crop protection. Our proprietary Genesis™ discovery platform allows us to efficiently capture and screen the most diverse and unique microbial collection for agriculturally relevant applications, coupled to industry-best screens for insect, disease and nematode control. Through its commercial subsidiary, AgBiome Innovations, Inc., the company develops and sells proprietary crop protection solutions. The first of these, Howler™, is a revolutionary biological fungicide for disease control in a broad variety of specialty crops and the turf and ornamental markets. For more information, visit http://agbiome.com.