Menlo Park, California-based Calysta Inc, a developer of sustainable industrial products for food and energy security, raised $30 million in Series C funding. Investors included Cargill, the Municipal Employee Retirement System of Michigan (MERS), and Old Westbury Global Real Assets Fund LLC. Current Calysta investors also participated. With the funding, Cargill’s Brian Silvey and MERS’ Edward Mikola will join the board.
MENLO PARK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Calysta, Inc. (www.calysta.com), today announced $30 million in Series C funding with Cargill (www.cargill.com), the Municipal Employee Retirement System (MERS) of Michigan (www.mersofmich.com) and Old Westbury Global Real Assets Fund LLC (www.bessemertrust.com). Also participating were current Calysta investors Walden Riverwood Ventures, Aqua-Spark and Pangaea Ventures. Calysta intends to use the Series C investment to advance new product development, commercial manufacturing and continued advances in its proprietary state-of-the-art gas fermentation platform.
With this funding, Brian Silvey, Cargill vice president, Corn Milling, and Edward Mikolay, MERS of Michigan senior investment officer and director of Private Markets, will be joining the Calysta Board of Directors.
In addition to the funding, Calysta and Cargill will collaborate in the North American manufacturing and global marketing of Calysta’s FeedKind™ protein, a family of high value environmentally-friendly nutritional feed additives for fish and livestock.
“This collaboration with Cargill, a world leader in fermentation and protein production, is expected to dramatically accelerate market introduction of FeedKind™ protein at commercial scale,” said Alan Shaw, Ph.D., Calysta President and CEO. “We are also very pleased to add Bessemer and MERS, investors who bring a long term view of capital deployment, to Calysta’s distinguished group of investors. Calysta is providing the aquaculture industry with a proprietary sustainable alternative to conventional fishmeal ingredients. This in turn addresses the widely-recognized concern about a worldwide shortage of protein, a serious potential threat to global food security.”
“Calysta brings key innovations in gas fermentation that complement Cargill’s global expertise in engineering, manufacturing and marketing,” said Brian Silvey, Cargill vice president, Corn Milling.
In January 2016 Calysta announced conditional receipt of a grant from the United Kingdom for development of a Market Introduction Facility in northern England. The UK facility is Calysta’s first research and market introduction facility for FeedKind™ protein.
Calysta, Inc. (www.calysta.com), Menlo Park, CA, is an innovator in sustainable industrial products for food and energy security. Calysta has two business units. Calysta Nutrition develops and commercializes FeedKind™ protein, a new fish and animal feed ingredient that can reduce the aquaculture and agriculture industries’ reliance on unsustainable ingredients and production methods. Calysta Energy is developing high value materials for use in industrial and consumer products with cost and performance advantages over current processes.