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Flagship VentureLabs Introduces Symbiota

After two years of development, Flagship VentureLabs introduces Symbiota, which is pioneering microbial solutions that promote plant health and improve agricultural production.
The company has built a substantial platform and advanced multiple products into greenhouse and field trials in globally important crops, including corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton and vegetables.
Symbiota is developing products that form symbiotic partnerships with plants to support healthier, more stress-tolerant crops. This new way of naturally, non-genetically boosting crop performance is beneficial to plants and the environment, and is cost-effective and compatible with all farming practices.
“In a short period of time, we have made several big discoveries in the plant microbiome that have led to rapid product development opportunities, field results and a powerful intellectual property estate,” says Geoffrey von Maltzahn, co-founder and president of Symbiota and Flagship VentureLabs partner.
Adding to Symbiota’s leadership, industry veteran and Flagship Venture partner Robert Berendes, former global head of business development at Syngenta, has recently been appointed as executive chairman.