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Ginkgo Bioworks’ $350m fund to deploy capital by year-end

The Ferment Fund will exclusively support companies that have been spun out from Ginkgo and will benefit from full access to the company’s platform for cell programming.

Future Meat secures $14m in S2G-led Series A

Chief scientist Yaakov Nahmias says the start-up’s methodology means it only takes 14 days to produce cultured chicken or beef, whether it is producing 1kg or 1 tonne of meat.

ADM Capital fund leads €60m fundraise for M2i Life Sciences

Head of venture capital at the Cibus Fund Alastair Cooper says the firm believes synthetic pheromones have the best chance of replacing traditional chemical insecticides.

Oxford Uni agtech firm nets £6.3m funding

MoA Technology is trying to discover a weedkilling approach that has a new ‘mode of action’ compared with every other chemical weedkiller on the market.

Food waste agtech firms raise combined $17m in funding

Hazel Technologies and Cambridge Crops have pioneered methods for extending the shelf life of fruit and veg.
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Agrivida seeks $20m for feed additives commercialization, research in Series F

Animal nutrition-focused company's chief executive says private equity firms are investigating opportunities to combine varied food and agtech investments.

The data are out there – ag must present them more effectively

A huge amount of alternative data sources have emerged, but the industry needs to assist official agencies with collection and analysis.

Finistere-backed ZeaKal inks cannabis partnership, $10m investment

The crop chemicals company had been reluctant to enter the cannabis market without relevant expertise, says chief executive Han Chen.

Cultivian, Anterra and Open Prairie among investors in $40m biologicals Series B

Vestaron chief executive Anna Rath says attracting life-science investors into later-stage agtech startups will be key to the market's development.

Cultivian Sandbox fund misses $200m target

The firm secures $130m from strategic ag investors like ADM and Smithfield, as well as its first non-US LPs, like Sumitomo Chemical America.
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