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RTP, NC, United States


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AgBiome is a privately held, product-oriented biotechnology company focused on delivering the best early-stage research and discovery to the agriculture industry. AgBiome’s first product is a biological that controls the predominant soil-borne diseases of greenhouse and major row crops. AgBiome is also applying state-of-the-art genomics and screening technologies to identify plant-associated microbes that enhance plant health, pest resistance and yield. We are committed to developing and maintaining a team-oriented, creative, intellectual culture that provides a sustainable advantage for our partners and us. 


AgBiome was founded by world leaders in the field of the plant microbiome and seasoned executives from the agriculture industry. The founders include Jeff Dangl, HHMI Investigator and John N. Couch Distinguished Professor of Biology at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and Paul Schulze-Lefert, Director, Max-Planck Institute for Plant Breeding, Cologne, Germany. Both Prof. Dangl and Prof. Schulze-Lefert serve on the company’s Scientific Advisory Board. Scott Uknes and Eric Ward, co-CEOs of AgBiome, each have 25 years of experience in the agricultural biotechnology industry. Dr. Uknes was a co-founder of Paradigm Genetics and Cropsolution and most recently served in a senior role at Bayer CropScience after the acquisition of Athenix, where he was vice president of business development. Dr. Ward was co-President of Ag Biotech for Novartis in Research Triangle Park, was a co-founder of Cropsolution, and until year end was President of Two Blades Foundation, a not-for-profit dedicated to developing crop disease resistance.

“AgBiome has assembled the best team, investors, technology and market know-how to position the company for success,” said AgBiome co-founder John Ryals, who is also the CEO of Metabolon. Mike Koziel, AgBiome co-founder and CEO of Xinehta added, “this is the first time to our knowledge that several major agriculture companies have co-invested at an early stage in an Ag biotech company. Their involvement creates an excellent starting point for future collaborations and market access.”

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