WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (May 16, 2022)
Fortistar, a privately-owned investment firm that provides capital to build, grow and manage companies that address complex sustainability challenges, is proud to announce it invested in an $82 million Series C funding round for Vestaron, a leader in peptide-based biological crop protection that improves the sustainability of farms, farmers and the planet.
In addition to Fortistar, the Series C funding round involved lead investors Ordway Selections and Cavallo Ventures. It also included new investors Agronautic Ventures and Endeavor8 and previous investors Novo Holdings, Northpond Ventures, CGC Ventures, iSelect and Syngenta Ventures. The financing round was significantly oversubscribed, with high demand from both new and existing investors. Vestaron will use the funds to continue to develop a range of alternatives to chemical pesticides that can contaminate the environment and present a number of hazards to other organisms.
“Peptides provide every bit of the same level of efficacy as traditional crop protection chemistries, but with the safety and environmental profile of a biologic molecule,” said Vestaron CEO Anna Rath. “With the caliber of additional investors, Vestaron is primed for a strong and dynamic future.”
About Vestaron Corporation
Vestaron is leading a peptide-based revolution in crop protection. We are committed to providing growers with novel, effective peptide-based biopesticides that address proven targets. Our peptides overcome existing resistance issues while offering a desired safety profile for workers, beneficials, and the environment. Vestaron has earned global recognition for its work, including the inaugural 2015 Bernard Blum Award for novel biocontrol solutions, the prestigious Green Chemistry Challenge Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute in 2020, and Best New Biologic Product in the 2021 Crop Science Awards. More information at www.vestaron.com.
Director of Communications
Tel. (202) 302-7612