Biotech startup Inocucor closes in Series B funding round at $15.9 million to expand its R&D team
Biotech startup, Inocucor, today announced the final close of its Series B funding round at $15.9 million with participation by existing investors Cycle Capital Management (Montreal), Desjardins Innovatech (Montreal), TPG ART (San Francisco), and Pontifax AgTech (Los Angeles). Concurrently, the company also announced that Ben Belldegrun, managing partner and co-founder of Pontifax AgTech, which led Inocucor’s Series B second close funding of $9.5 million, has joined its board of directors. The first close of Inocucor’s Series B equity financing of $29 million was led by TPG ART, with participation from existing investors.
Founded in 2007 by Ananda Lynn Fitzsimmons and Margaret Bywater-Ekegärd, the Montreal-based Inocucor Corporation develops sustainable biological products for the phyto-microbiome that are safe for people, protect our natural resources and increase agriculture’s potential to feed the world. The startup an ag biotech company that develops sustainable biological products for agriculture targeting the phyto-microbiome—the seeds, plants, root systems and the soil surrounding them. Inocucor’s first-generation product, Garden Solution®, employs live microbes to actively improve the health of the entire phyto-microbiome. Future generations of Inocucor products are powerful cell-free biological solutions for bio-stimulation and bio-protection in mainstream production agriculture.
The company also develops microbial and plant nutrition products for agriculture targeting the phyto-microbiome—the seeds, plants, root systems and the soil surrounding them. Inocucor’s first product, SYNERGRO, employs live microbes to actively improve the health of the entire phyto-microbiome. Its second product, SYNERGRO FREE™, and future generations of Inocucor products are powerful biological formulations for biostimulation and biocontrol targeting high-value crops and broadacre production agriculture.
Earlier this week, Inocucor acquired ATP Nutrition, a producer of science-based plant nutrients based in Oak Bluff, Manitoba, Canada. Inocucor’s President and CEO Donald R. Marvin said funds will be used to expand the company’s newly combined R&D teams’ work on development of a new class of crop inputs that combine Inocucor’s biologicals with ATP’s plant nutrients for canola, corn, soybean and other broadacre crops, as well as high-value produce markets. Products will be formulated based on plant type, geography and soil conditions.
“Our R&D focus will always be grounded in development of microbial technologies that enhance the performance of traditional crop inputs,” said Marvin. “Inocucor is well-positioned to lead the ag tech sector with ready-to-use products that combine biologicals with plant nutrients.”
In May, Inocucor will occupy its new 30,000-square-foot U.S. headquarters and commercialization office currently under construction in Centennial, Colo. Its Montreal-based, R&D-focused Technical Center of Excellence was recently expanded from 10,000 to 20,000 square feet. The company employs about 65 people in Canada and the U.S., and anticipates adding another 25 to 30 high-level scientific and managerial professionals over the next year.