West-Sacramento-based Biome Makers Inc. announced a $15M Series B round led by Prosus Ventures, with the participation of Seaya Ventures, Viking Global Investors, JME Ventures and Pymwymic. Founded in 2015 by Adrian Ferrero and Dr. Alberto Acedo, Biome Makers has spent the last few years building its BeCrop and Gheom proprietary products to promote sustainable farming practices using soil biology standard analytics. In parallel, they developed artificial intelligence-based tools to determine the most sustainable solutions for crops going forward.
The new funds will go towards the company’s next phase of growth, accelerating the global expansion of BeCrop, which allows soil samples to be tested for microbial makeup; and Gheom, an independent assessment program, measuring the impact of crop inputs and farming practices to support personalized agriculture.
“We are on a mission to restore the health and fertility of the soil and develop a more sustainable and respectful way to do agriculture,” says Adrian Ferrero, Co-Founder and CEO of Biome Makers. “After building strong relationships with our customers and expanding the operation to Europe and Central America, we recognize the need to scale as we grow, increasing access to our unique tools for the agriculture industry. We’re excited to partner with top-tier investors who share our vision for building a sustainable farming future.”
This announcement comes on the heels of Biome Makers’ announcing the first AI virtual assistant for sustainable farming in partnership with Bayer Crop Science. This technology employs data analytics to forecast the outcome of products prior to application, helping farmers and agronomists identify what their soil needs to improve its health and sustainably promote crop yield.
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