Newly formed PlantResponse Biotech to offer biological products to improve plant performance


Response Biotech and Koch Biological Solutions, LLC. have combined operations to form PlantResponse Biotech, Inc. The new venture will leverage both companies’ complementary capabilities, assets and product offerings.

PlantResponse webPlantResponse Biotech is a plant biotechnology company specializing in plant innate immunity, plant physiology and nutrient use efficiency. It has developed several product candidates which are approaching commercial launch status in the areas of drought tolerance and plant health.

Koch Biological Solutions focuses on developing science-based, live microbial and biologically derived chemistries that improve plant performance at every stage of growth. Through various modes of action, their biological solutions perform directly on the plant or its environment to improve crop efficiency and nutrient uptake, maximizing yield potential.

Tom Warner, chairman of the board for the new PlantResponse Biotech, said both entities recognized the opportunity to combine their core capabilities.

“These companies are naturally complementary, and it made tremendous sense to bring the two together and create real synergy,” Warner said. “For example, both companies’ screening and validation platforms are complementary, with the ability to define mode of action and identify the resulting cellular response.”

He added PlantResponse Biotech has a commercial team focused solely on biologicals, which will help advance Koch Biological Solutions’ product pipeline.

“PlantResponse Biotech, being a Spanish company, has a strong presence in Europe, and Koch Biological Solutions is well established in the U.S. Together, this new company has global potential,” Warner explained.

The new company will be headquartered in Raleigh, N.C. and will have multi-site operations with R&D in Hayward, Calif., as well as EMEA R&D and commercial operations headquartered in Madrid, Spain.

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