BioConsortia Inc. is a new company established in 2014 to further develop and commercialise the microbial consortia characterised by BioDiscovery New Zealand Limited, a BioConsortia Inc. subsidiary. BioDiscovery is a New Zealand-based, US-funded company founded in 1994 by Dr Peter Wigley and Dr Andrew Broadwell. The company specialises in the discovery of natural microbial products, and over the past 20 years have developed the highest level of competency and expertise in ultra-high throughput biological and bioactivity screening.
BioDiscovery now holds one of the world’s largest collections of pre-screened and characterised micro-organisms, comprising over 45,000 microbes, including 9,000 endophytes, the microbes that live inside plant tissues and most directly affect the way a plant survives and grows.
BioDiscovery has a track record of working with leading international partners including: Syngenta, Maxygen/Verdia, AgraQuest, Novartis, Monsanto. BioDiscovery has established a Joint Venture with Ballance Agri-Nutrients, New Zealand’s leading specialist fertiliser manufacturer, to develop biofertilisers for pasture grass.
In 2010 BioDiscovery secured investment from US based Khosla Ventures. This initiative has culminated in validating a proprietary R&D platform for accelerated selection of beneficial microbe consortia for improved crop traits and performance.
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