CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – August 28, 2019 – AgroSpheres, Inc., an agricultural technology company developing a novel delivery system for crop protection products, announced today that it has raised $4 million in a Series A financing round. Venture capital firm Ospraie Ag Science led the investment round that also included Cavallo Ventures, the venture capital arm of Wilbur-Ellis, a recognized leader in precision agriculture technology and the distribution and marketing of plant protection, seed and nutritional products. Carl M. Casale, a Senior Partner of Ospraie Ag Science responsible for identifying investment opportunities, led the investment round. Mr. Casale is also a member of Syngenta's board of directors and was previously the Chief Financial Officer at Monsanto.Read More
Charlottesville, VA, July 24th, 2019 – AgroSpheres, Inc. has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant for 225,000 to collaborate with North Carolina State University and conduct research and development (R&D) work on an RNAi biological insecticide for the western flower thrips.Read More
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AgroSpheres, Inc. and GreenLight Biosciences, Inc. have entered into a research collaboration to study the delivery of GreenLight’s double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) using AgroSpheres’ proprietary bioparticle platform. AgroSpheres’ platform consists of small, spherical bioparticles, lacking chromosomes that can encapsulate dsRNA and enhance its delivery for crop protection. The bioparticle can shield dsRNA from environmental conditions, including RNases that would otherwise degrade the dsRNA.Read More
ADAMA, a leading global crop protection company, and AgroSpheres, an agricultural biotechnology company creating a novel synthetic chemical and biological pesticide delivery platform , today announced that they have entered into a collaboration focused on developing novel crop protection solutions. The companies will conduct research and development on AgroSpheres’ proprietary Bioparticle technology for encapsulation of pesticides.Read More
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Douglas Eisner selected as the CEO of AgroSpheres
Charlottesville, Virginia – AgroSpheres announces the selection of Douglas Eisner, JD, MBA to the position of Chief Executive Officer.Read More
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AgroSpheres was invited to give their testimony to the Small Business Committee titled, High-Tech Agriculture: Small Firms on the Frontier of Agribusiness. We met some of our hardworking Congressmen. Click read more to view our testimony.Read More
Charlottesville- AgroSpheres adds Per Falholt and Todd Abraham to the advisory board.
“We are extremely fortunate to have Per and Todd on board. They bring a wealth of biotech and agriculture knowledge to the team. Per and Todd bring a C-suite perspective to our decision making process,” said Reese Blackwell, CEO.Read More
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia – AgroSpheres announces the successful close of an oversubscribed seed round of $750,000 from local and international angel investors. AgroSpheres is a biotechnology company developing novel nanotechnologies aiming to set a new standard for bio-based delivery of active ingredients. The funding will be used to broaden utility of the platform, build a strong intellectual property portfolio, and outfit the company’s facilities.Read More