Kawola Joins Harvest Automation as CEO

Harvest Automation, a company developing practical robots for the agriculture industry, has appointed John Kawola as CEO. Current CEO Charles Grinnell will assume the role of COO. Backed by Entrée Capital, Founder Collective, Life Sciences Partners, Cultivian Ventures, and Massachusetts Technology Development Corporation, Harvest Automation is headquartered outside of Boston, Mass.

BASF Venture Backs Allylix

BASF Venture Capital has put $13.5 million into U.S.-based renewable chemicals company Allylix Inc. The firm led an $18.2 million round which included investment from Tate & Lyle Ventures, Avrio Ventures and Cultivian Ventures. PRESS RELEASE BASF Venture Capital GmbH has invested $13.5 million in Allylix Inc., a U.S.-based renewable chemicals company. The BASF subsidiary […]

Aratana Therapeutics Inks $15M

Aratana Therapeutics, a company developing medicines for companion animals, has closed on $15 million in Series B financing. The company, since its launch earlier this year, has raised a total of $31 million. Existing shareholders MPM Capital, Avalon Ventures and Cultivian Ventures contributed to the round, as did new investor the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The company is based in Kansas City, Kansas.

Rivertop Renewables Seals $1.5M Bridge Round

Rivertop Renewables, a Montana-based renewable chemicals company, has inked $1.5 million in bridge financing from Cultivian Ventures. The money will be used to help fund commercialization of the company’s bio-based detergent builders and corrosion inhibitors. As part of the investment, Cultivian Co-Founder and Principal Ron Meeusen will join Rivertop’s board.

VCJ Cover Story: Betting on the Farm

When Ron Meeusen and Andy Ziolkowski decided to launch a venture fund focused on the agriculture industry, they knew it would be a lonely path. Still, the two paired up in 2008 to launch MidPoint Food & Ag Fund (now called Cultivian Ventures), a Carmel, Ind.-based firm that seeks out deals in such areas as […]

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