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ST. LOUIS, MO, (September 15, 2014) – NewLeaf Symbiotics, a St Louis, Missouri-based agricultural biotechnology company focused on the commercialization of beneficial plant bacteria, announced today that it has closed a $17 million Series B round of financing. The proceeds will be used to further accelerate its successful R&D program, ramp up production from pilot to commercial scale, and go to market with its first biological products. Otter Capital led the round and was joined by existing investors RockPort Capital, Open Prairie Ventures and Pangaea Ventures. NewLeaf closed a $7 Million Series A round in January 2013.  more...

KALAMAZOO, MI (Marketwired - Aug 21, 2014) - Vestaron Corporation, a company that designs environmentally friendly insecticides, announced today a first close on the sale of its Series C Preferred Stock. This $10M round, which was led by new investor Cultivian Sandbox Ventures, a fund specializing in food and agricultural companies, also included major current investors including Southwest Michigan First Life Science Venture Fund, Open Prairie Ventures, Pangaea Ventures, Michigan Accelerator Fund, and others.  more...

(July 30, 2014) – Pollination is responsible for providing us with a wide variety of food, as well as the survival of many species of flora and fauna. Pollinators such as bees, that pollinate nuts, fruits and vegetables, are directly or indirectly responsible for a significant part of the world’s crop production. The decline of pollinators can impact future food production capabilities. Therefore the diminishing bee population is a serious concern. Bees have diminished drastically in recent years due to a variety of factors including pesticides, diseases and habitat degradation resulting in a loss of genetic diversity. Come and join the conversation at the July GTEx Forum to discuss safer and more sustainable options that are being pursued by BC based researchers and companies.  more...

Menlo Park, CA (May 20, 2014) – Calysta Energy, Inc. (www.calysta.com) today announced the acquisition of BioProtein A/S (www.bioprotein.no), based in Stavanger, Norway.  Through this acquisition, Calysta is entering the rapidly growing $370 billion nutritional market for fish and livestock feed and feed additives.  Calysta is a developer of novel natural gas conversion technology using methane for high value chemicals and fuels.  The BioProtein technology is the only commercial scale process available to directly convert natural gas into biological products.  BioProteinTM, the protein feed produced using BioProtein’s technology,  is approved for sale and has been commercially marketed in the European Union.  more...

SAANICHTON, BC, (March 6, 2014) – Redlen Technologies is pleased to announce that it has completed a $5.5 million financing led by Pangaea Ventures with participation from other major investors including In-Q-Tel. Redlen Technologies is a leading manufacturer of high resolution Cadmium Zinc Telluride (CZT) semiconductor radiation detectors. CZT detectors provide a key technological advance in radiation dose reduction, image resolution, and diagnostic accuracy across a broad range of medical and security applications. The company will use proceeds from the financing to further expand its product line and volume production capabilities for its precision radiation imaging and detection products.  more...

ARVADA, Colo. (Feb. 19, 2014) – Boulder Ionics Corp., developer and producer of high-performance electrolytes and electrochemical-grade ionic liquids for advanced energy storage devices, today announced that it has signed an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement with Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia's national science agency, to develop and commercialize the use of pyrrolidinium-based ionic liquids in electrolytes for lithium-ion and advanced chemistry batteries.  more...

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (Feb 6, 2014) - Vestaron Corporation announced today that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved the active ingredient in the company’s breakthrough bioinsecticide for commercial sale. The insecticide, a naturally occurring peptide isolated from spiders, is approved for use on a wide variety of crops and has shown no toxicity to fish, birds or mammals, including humans.  more...

KALAMAZOO, Mich., (Jan. 7, 2014) - Vestaron Corporation, a venture-backed agricultural company, announced today that John Sorenson, Ph.D., has been appointed the company's Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Sorenson has served as Chairman of the Board since 2011 and has served as its interim CEO since September. Keith Gillard of Pangaea Ventures will assume the chairmanship of the Board of Directors.  more...

Menlo Park, CA, (December 11, 2013) – Calysta Energy (www.calystaenergy.com) today announced completion of a Series A financing round totaling $3 million. The financing was led by Pangaea Ventures Ltd., (www.pangaeaventures.com), and included current Calysta officers and directors. Purnesh Seegopaul, Ph.D., General Partner at Pangaea, will join the Calysta Board of Directors.  more...

ST. LOUIS, MO, (December 6, 2013) - NewLeaf Symbiotics Inc. an agricultural biotech company, today announced the acquisition of Intuitive Genomics Inc., a leader in the design and implementation of custom bioinformatics solutions.  more...

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