SG Biofuels, Inc. said it completed a $17 million Series B financing led by Thomas, McNerney & Partners and joined by Finistere Ventures and current investors Flint Hills Resources and Life Technologies Corporation. The San Diego company, which is developing hybrid seeds of Jatropha as a low-cost feedstock for biodiesel, bio jet fuel and specialty chemicals, said it will use the money to expand R&D and commercialization effort.
SG Biofuels Completes $17 Million Series B Financing
SAN DIEGO, Calif., Jan. 17, 2012 – SG Biofuels, Inc. (SGB), a bioenergy crop company developing elite hybrid seeds of Jatropha as a low-cost feedstock for biodiesel, bio jet fuel and specialty chemicals, has completed a $17 million Series B financing led by Thomas, McNerney & Partners with participation from Finistere Ventures and current investors Flint Hills Resources, LLC and Life Technologies Corporation.
SGB also announced that Pratik Shah, Ph.D., partner at Thomas, McNerney, and Jerry Caulder, Ph.D., managing director for Finistere Ventures, have joined the company’s board of directors. SGB will use the proceeds to expand research and development, advance commercialization efforts and scale global operations.
“We are very pleased to complete this financing and are privileged to add Thomas, McNerney and Finistere Ventures with their considerable track records and expertise to our team,” said Kirk Haney, president and chief executive officer at SGB. “The funding comes at a time when we’re experiencing significant commercial adoption of our hybrid Jatropha and will be instrumental as we continue to expand our global footprint.”
Jatropha is a subtropical, non-edible energy crop that that can be effectively grown on marginal lands considered undesirable for food crops. SGB is using molecular breeding and biotechnology to significantly improve yields and reduce input costs, and has developed proprietary hybrid seed production technology enabling the large-scale deployment of higher yielding and uniform planting material adapted to unique growing conditions around the world.
SGB has signed customers for the deployment of 250,000 acres of Jatropha using its JMaxTM hybrid seeds. This includes an agreement with Bharat Renewable Energy Limited (BREL), a joint- venture of Bharat Petroleum, India’s second largest petroleum company, as well as JETBIO, leader of amulti-stakeholder initiative including Airbus, the Inter-American Development Bank, and TAM Airlines, to deploy Jatropha in Brazil for the production of bio jet fuel.
About SG Biofuels (SGB)
SGB is a fully integrated bioenergy crop company using molecular breeding and biotechnology to develop and produce elite hybrid seeds of Jatropha as a low-cost feedstock for biodiesel, bio jet fuel and specialty chemicals. With the largest and most diverse library of Jatropha genetic material, SGB is turning the opportunities of Jatropha into reality through a world-class leadership team, leading-edge science and genetics and expertise in agronomy and plantation management. SGB has been named one of the Top 5 Renewable Jet Fuel Supply Chain Companies in the World by The Carbon War Room (2011), one of the Top 50 Companies in Bioenergy for three consecutive years (2009, 2010 and 2011) and the 2010 Feedstock Domestication Project of the Year by Biofuels Digest and one of the Top 200 Going Green Private Companies in the World by Always On. www.sgbiofuels.com.