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TerMir selected as the winner of AgTech Innovation Competition

TerMir Inc., a North Carolina–based agtech company, focusing on solutions for citrus greening and natural weed control, has been selected as recipient of funding and membership of AgTech Innovation Competition hosted by Alexandria LaunchLabs. Alexandria’s national competition, was successful in attracting approximately 70 emerging agtech applicant companies in areas like crop protection, digital platforms, robotics, next-generation fabrics and animal vaccines from 20 states across the United States.

In May, TerMir and six other finalists—Agrynex (New York), Ascribe Bioscience (New York), EarthSense (Illinois), GALY (California), Mazen Animal Health (Missouri) and TreeCo (North Carolina)—presented their pitches virtually before an esteemed panel of judges. Alexandria LaunchLabs – AgTech selected TerMir as the $100,000 AgTech Innovation Prize winner based on its proprietary, patent-protected technology with a new mode of action for controlling the bacteria that causes citrus greening disease.

“Strategic efforts like our AgTech Innovation Prize are vital to fostering the next generation of leading agtech companies who hold the promise of developing groundbreaking solutions aimed at ensuring a sustainable, accessible and healthy global food supply.”

Blake Stevens, PhD, Head of Alexandria LaunchLabs®

The TerMir team is excited to be selected as the prize winner and to become an active member of the campus communities of Alexandria LaunchLabs. Founded in 2016, Raleigh-based TerMir is developing:

  1. An innovative, safe, and effective treatment for citrus greening. Ichor™, a patented formulation of TerMir break the bacterial disease cycle and eradicate citrus greening.
  2. A novel biological herbicide portfolio of products, based on a series of plant extracts, to control weeds and enhance crop growth.

Alexandria remains focused on providing mission-critical infrastructure and capital to the essential agtech industry. LaunchLabs provides move-in-ready office and laboratory space, shared equipment and services, creative amenities, and access to capital through its Alexandria Seed Capital Platform. The facility is also home to UPL, Indigo Ag, and Boragen.

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Pluton Biosciences selected for Global Illumina Accelerator

Pluton Biosciences is a microbial testing and discovery research company dedicated to finding unique microbes to replace synthetic chemical applications in agriculture and pest control with eco-friendly natural products. Pluton’s industry disrupting process patches critical “cracks” in the Research and Development pipeline by speeding the introduction of novel and beneficial bioproducts to market. Pluton Biosciences, was chosen for Illumina Accelerator, which partners with global entrepreneurs to build breakthrough genomics startups.

With extensive mentorship, financial support, and access to sequencing systems, reagents, and lab space, Illumina is building a dynamic ecosystem to help genomics startups, including therapeutics, diagnostics, agriculture, synthetic biology, forensics, and direct-to-consumer applications, launch in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Cambridge, UK.

“Pluton is thrilled to be the first St. Louis-based biotech company to be chosen by Illumina Accelerator. The opportunity to build our company in San Francisco, a global center of the life sciences industry, is terrific, and to have an investment from Illumina, the world’s largest sequencing company, is even better.”

Charlie Walch, Pluton CEO

Pluton uses Micromining®, its high-throughput microbial discovery platform, to identify and isolate novel bacteria, fungi, and viruses within months and not years, which dramatically improves R&D throughput for agtech companies and producers of pesticides.

“We are proud to partner with Pluton in the 11th funding cycle of Illumina Accelerator San Francisco Bay Area. Pluton’s experienced team and unique approach to harness the power of next generation DNA sequencing will uncover new microbial insights for environmental and plant health.”

Amanda Cashin, Co-founder and Global Head of Illumina Accelerator

Illumina Accelerator is accepting applications for the next global funding cycle, which are due by August 1, 2020. To learn more and apply, please visit Illumina website.

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AgTech Company Bee Vectoring Technologies “BVT” announced three new deals with Michigan blueberry growers

AgTech Company Bee Vectoring Technologies International Inc. “BVT” announced three new deals with Michigan blueberry growers to use BVT’s natural precision agriculture system. By adding Michigan’s 20,000 acres, BVT has now penetrated 83% of the US blueberry market. BVT, founded in 2012, is a leading technology company that uses commercially-reared bees to deliver sustainable and effective crop control. BVT system provides the foundation for comprehensive, stackable and highly targeted pest and disease management solutions.

“With these new deals, BVT has successfully penetrated key blueberry growing markets throughout the US in a single growing season. Since EPA approval in September 2019, we have entered the Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Michigan, Oregon and Washington blueberry markets as well as the Florida strawberry market.”

Ashish Malik, CEO, Bee Vectoring Technologies

Essentially, the company’s solution harnesses the power of nature’s best workers, helping growers improve crop quality with a significant decrease in the use of chemicals. BVT’s easy-to-use tray system introduces natural organic compounds to commercially-reared bees as they exit the hive. As the bees pollinate, they leave behind the foundation for a season-long, targeted pest and disease management program. The bees remain healthy and happy throughout the process.

Bee vectoring technology may sound complicated, but it’s actually a very simple, natural process. This technology replaces chemical pesticides and wasteful plant protection product spray applications by delivering biological pesticide alternatives to crops through precision application. BVT’s comprehensive stackable pest and disease management solutions are highly targeted to help growers easily improve quality in numerous crops, for example: strawberries, sunflowers, apples, tomatoes, canola, blueberries and others.

The expectation is that growers working with BVT will generate strong word of mouth to attract new customers to the Company in the following seasons to come.

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