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Agricultural biotech startup Boost Biomes adds a strategic investor in Japan’s Universal Materials Incubator – TechCrunch

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Boost Biomes, the Y Combinator-backed developer of microbiome-based bio-fungicides and bio-pesticides for agricultural functions, has added $2 million in funding and picked up a brand new strategic investor in Japan’s Common Supplies Incubator.

Thus far, Increase Biomes has raised over $7 million in financing to assist the event of recent merchandise like its biofungicide developed from the micro-organisms that stay within the soil in a symbiotic relationship with the vegetation.

The work that Increase does is totally on understanding the interactions between microbes and vegetation within the soil. “The objective is to be  the invention engine and develop new microbial merchandise to be used in meals and agriculture,” mentioned Increase chief government and co-founder Jamie Bacher.

The dedication from Japan’s Common Supplies Incubator expands on a $5 million institutional spherical led by one other strategic accomplice, Yara Worldwide, a world crop vitamin firm and enterprise traders like Viking Global Investors and Y Combinator.

Increase hopes to deal with points in agriculture like spoilage, bacterial contamination and pathogen infrestations, in addition to addressing illnesses that may have an effect on plant well being instantly.

Increase is already working with an undisclosed biomanufacturing accomplice to develop its biofungicide.

UMI’s choice to spend money on Increase comes from our analysis of their staff, know-how, and the related market alternatives.  We imagine that Increase’s platform generates a singular knowledge set that may be exploited for much superior merchandise with many various microbiome functions in meals and agriculture,” mentioned Yota Hayama, an investor at UMI, in an announcement. “These are important areas to realize meals safety and promote sustainable agriculture. We additionally anticipate Increase’s enormous potential on different areas the place microbiomes are utilized.”


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Jonathan Shieber