St. Louis, Missouri-based agricultural biologicals company NewLeaf Symbiotics Inc has secured US$30 million in the second close of its Series C financing. S2G Ventures joined first close lead investors Monsanto Growth Ventures and Otter Capital, as well as other participating investors, among them Pangaea Ventures, a Canadian venture capital firm. NewLeaf said it plans to use the funds raised to commercialize seed treatment and in-furrow products for soybeans, corn, wheat, peanuts, and other crops. Vancouver-based Pangaea, which has backed NewLeaf since 2013, is currently raising its fourth advanced-materials fund.
Agriculture Biologicals Company NewLeaf Symbiotics Announces Second Close to Complete its $30MM C Round Financing
New capital reflects company’s leadership in consumer driven desire for sustainability
St. Louis – (September 7, 2017) – NewLeaf Symbiotics announced that it has completed the second close of its $30MM series C financing, accelerating plans to convert proven applications of its unique biologicals platform into products for large-scale agriculture. The company’s commitment to tapping the advantages of Methylotrophic bacteria has positioned it as a leader in agricultural biologicals. S2G Ventures (Seed 2 Growth), a multi-stage venture fund investing in transformative food and agriculture companies joined first close lead investors Monsanto Growth Ventures and Otter Capital to finalize the oversubscribed financing. The Yard Ventures, (a Harvard alumni fund), Lewis & Clark Ventures, Rockport Capital, Pangaea Ventures, Open Prairie Ventures, and other investors participated in the series C round.
“We invest in transformative agriculture companies whose technologies and products are driving the sustainability revolution and can better align the food system to meet consumer demands,” said S2G CIO and Managing Director Sanjeev Krishnan. “We’ve been following NewLeaf for several years and have witnessed how the company’s innovative strategy has created a product pipeline that can move the needle in Ag biologicals.”
NewLeaf will use the invested capital to commercialize seed treatment and in-furrow products for soybeans, corn, wheat, peanuts, and other crops. The company is tripling the square footage of its R&D and pilot production facility in St. Louis and is expanding its proprietary Prescriptive Biologics Knowledgebase™ bioinformatics platform.
“This financing is a major milestone for NewLeaf,” added NewLeaf CEO Tom Laurita. “It proves that our technology and strategy are working. We are excited by the composition of this investment syndicate. Monsanto understands the input side of the agriculture equation as well as any company in the world. S2G invests in companies that drive the realignment of food production toward sustainability. NewLeaf is working at the convergence of next generation agricultural products and worldwide consumer demand for a sustainable future.”
About NewLeaf Symbiotics
NewLeaf Symbiotics is a venture-funded agricultural biologicals company engaged in discovery, development, production, and commercialization of products containing beneficial plant bacteria. Its 30+member team is based in BRDG Park at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, MO. Visit NewLeaf Symbiotics at www.newleafsym.com.
About Bio Research & Development Growth (BRDG) Park
Bio Research & Development Growth (BRDG) Park at the Danforth Plant Science Center helps life science companies bridge research, resources and relationships to achieve commercial success. In addition to providing world-class wet laboratories, office space and a prominent incubator, BRDG Park’s location on the Danforth Center’s campus facilitates access to the intellectual capital of top scientists, as well as to greenhouses, growth chambers, microscopy and proteomics facilities and other vital resources. Located in suburban St. Louis County, MO, BRDG Park is a development of Wexford Science & Technology, LLC, a real estate company exclusively focused on partnering with universities, academic medical centers and research institutions to develop vibrant, mixed-use Knowledge Communities built upon a foundation of research, discovery, entrepreneurial activity, and commercial collaboration.
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