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Ag Biotech Showcase Companies 2017

2017 Entrepreneurial Presenting Companies:

Agribody Technologies (California)
The company is working to apply a proven solution for food-sourcing problems due to ever-growing population and decreasing farmland availability by significantly increasing crop yields. Their patented gene technology also delays onset of plant senescence, while increasing resistance to diseases and sublethal stresses such as drought, heat, cold, salt, low nutrients and crowding. It has already received several licenses. 

Applied LifeSciences & Systems (North Carolina)
This bio-systems company is focused on improving animal health and productivity in the poultry, livestock and aquaculture industries. Their initial product is an innovative and individualized poultry vaccine delivery system which will help eliminate the need for antibiotics. They were recently awarded an SBIR Phase I grant by NSF.

APSE (Missouri)
APSE develops technology for environmentally benign, sustainable RNAi products for the control of urban and structural pests with cost-effective production of RNA allowing for broad acre applications of topical RNAi for on-demand pest management or non-GMO traits. They experienced phenomenal progress in 2016 increasing RNA yields tenfold and establishing proof of concept using RNAi for insect pest control.

BioCHOS (Norway)
Its product inhibits the growth of plant pathogenic fungi for crops, a huge economic problem for farmers. It is made from crab shells and is a non-toxic safe natural product, so farmers use fewer toxic chemicals, which leads to less pollution and healthier food. BioCHOS has proof of concept, established collaboration with the industry, protected IPR and a competent team.

Biotality (new company from Ag TechInventures) (North Carolina)
Company is focused on development of biological and natural products for crop protection in “green” production market segments, specifically for applications in the seed protectant and post-harvest markets.  Initial technology is a proprietary organism that overproduces an exudate that is highly fungicidal.   They have optioned patents for the production of the organism as well as extraction / purification of the exudate.

Boragen (new AgTech Accelerator company) (North Carolina)
Boragen is a small molecule development company focused on leveraging the unique chemical properties of Boron chemistry, both in crop protection and animal health. Boragen’s novel synthetic chemistry platform has three primary foci: harnessing a novel mode of action, challenging resistant pathogens, and reducing overall pesticide usage through innovative, synergistic combinations. Advances made by Boragen will fill key innovation gaps, helping meet global agricultural production needs while upholding stewardship practices.

Edison AgroSciences (North Carolina)
Natural rubber production is nearly a $50 billion market but current methods for natural rubber production are rapidly becoming economically and environmentally unsustainable. Edison is improving sunflower as a crop to produce natural rubber at commercial scales. It has assembled a top tier team, built a solid technology foundation and is partnering to build a North American natural rubber value chain.

Integrated Animal Health (Kansas)
This new breed of animal health company innovates quickly and inexpensively, launching five new products in the last year, each transformative. The company creates value by identifying novel technologies, de-risking and commercializing these products in large markets with unmet needs. Their products cross from farm animal to pet products and range from nutraceuticals to pharmaceuticals and biologics.

Neurocycle Therapeutics (Switzerland)
In a recent study in dogs, a single dose of this company's new itch medication reduced scratching by over 50% vs. placebo. With over 22M vet visits per year, itch is one of the largest indications for companion animals. Unlike current products, their treatment does not weaken the immune system, thus enabling treatment for dogs that current drugs cannot, and enables combination dosing for severe cases.

PrairieChar (Kansas)
It's developing an innovative approach to converting waste biomass into valuable products in a way that overcomes the business model challenges of past efforts. This attractive management solution for environmentally hazardous feedlot animal manure will also produce renewable products for the energy and agricultural markets that are cost competitive without subsidy.

Soilcea (Florida)
Two citrus bacterial diseases, canker and greening, have decimated the Florida citrus industry with over $1B in annual decline for citrus production. With no cure or effective treatment to combat these devastating diseases, Soilcea has partnered with Dr. Nian Wang at the University of Florida to develop citrus trees resistant to canker and greening.

Tethis (North Carolina)
It has developed a platform for producing biopolymers for a variety of industries. Their core focus is on providing either modified starches which are disruptive to the large industrial starch marketplace or commercializing their proprietary starch-based, superabsorbent polymer which has unique cost, performance and scaling features.