Agriculture biotechnology company Tu Biomics spins out of DRI


The Desert Research Institute (DRI) has spun out its first research-based company focused on innovative solutions in agriculture. Tu Biomics Inc. is an agricultural biotechnology company that targets the soil health challenges associated with industrial-scale farming.

In conjunction with DRI’s plant and molecular biology scientists, Tu Biomics is developing a platform of organically derived biocontrol agents (BCAs) as a sustainable, effective alternative to currently available synthetic chemistry options.

In collaboration with the largest garlic grower and shipper in the U.S., the Tu Biomics research team has demonstrated the ability of its BCAs to suppress eight (8) economically significant soil-borne diseases affecting hundreds of agricultural and ornamental plants globally. The team is currently focused on pathogens that impact the key crops of garlic, leafy greens and strawberries.

With campuses in Reno and Las Vegas, DRI serves as the non-profit research arm of the Nevada System of Higher Education. Tu Biomics Inc. was formed with support from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) Knowledge Fund. After GOED funded a $350,000 Knowledge Fund research project at DRI, Tu Biomics subsequently received nearly $1 million in seed financing from venture investors and industry partners.



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