Pontifax

Pontifax Global Food and Agriculture Technology Fund ("Pontifax AgTech") is a pioneering growth capital investor in food and agriculture technology. We invest globally in growing businesses that improve agricultural productivity, nutrition, health, sustainability and supply chain efficiency.
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Ben Belldegrun

Managing Partner and Co-Founder

Tristan Berne

Associate

Tim Bluth

VP

Gil Demeter

VP

Philip Erlanger

Managing Partner and Co-Founder

Harry Savage

Associate

32 past transactions

FoodLogiQ, LLC

Venture Round in 2018
FoodLogiQ specializes in supplier management, food safety compliance, quality incident, and whole chain traceability to verify supplier compliance with food safety and act, allowing food companies to improve global supply chain visibility, streamline supplier management, build quality issue tracking, and reporting.

CommonSense Robotics

Series C in 2021
Fabric is building an on-demand supply-chain that allows retailers to offer sustainable, 1-hour delivery service to their online customers. Its Micro-Fulfillment-Center is an urban, automated fulfillment solution that combines the benefits of local distribution with the economics of automated fulfillment, and is re-defining the way goods are fulfilled and delivered within cities. By utilizing a novel approach to this last-mile challenge and state-of-the-art robotics and AI, Fabric allows its clients to offer true on-demand services, dramatically reduce their operational costs and benefit from superior operational scalability.

Tropic Biosciences

Series B in 2020
Tropic Biosciences UK LTD operates as a biotechnology company, which develops commercial tropical crops using advanced plant breeding and gene editing technologies. The company uses non-GMO (genetically modified organism) gene editing techniques to grow and develop these crops. The company caters to coffee and banana industries. The company was incorporated in 2016 and is headquartered in Norwich, United Kingdom.

AgBiome, LLC

Series D in 2021
AgBiome, LLC, a biotechnology company, engages in delivering research and discovery to the agriculture industry. The company develops biological product that controls the predominant soil-borne diseases of greenhouse and major row crops. It identifies plant-associated microbes that enhance plant health, pest resistance, and yield applying based on genomics and screening technologies. AgBiome, LLC has strategic partnerships with Genective and ElevateBio. The company was incorporated in 2012 and is based in Durham, North Carolina.

Hazel Technologies

Series C in 2021
Hazel Technologies, Inc. designs and manufactures packaging inserts to reduce the spoilage of fruits and vegetables. It offers packaging inserts called sachets that are placed in boxes of the produce by growers at the time of harvest, extending the shelf-life of produce by slowing aging in produce and preventing fungus or decay. The company also provides agricultural and horticultural consulting services. Hazel Technologies, Inc. was founded in 2015 and is based in Chicago, Illinois with an additional location in Salinas, California.

Caribou Biosciences

Series B in 2016
Caribou Biosciences is a operator of a medical technology company intended to analyze cell and genome engineering. The company specializes in cellular engineering and analysis based on the CRISPR-Cas9 technology platform which paired with a guide RNA, cuts double-stranded DNA and allows for specific changes to DNA, enabling development of therapeutics for agricultural biotechnology, industrial biotechnology and basic and applied biological research.

Conservis

Debt Financing in 2020
Conservis provides farm management software to help you see your operation from the dirt up. Track field activities, manage inventories and analyze yields. The Conservis platform connects your information to manage your progress today and harvest opportunities ahead. Conservis started when four farmers asked our founders for help with workflow management. That was five years ago. Today, the Conservis system is used by the most successful agricultural producers to make informed business decisions. It is trusted to manage over $8 Billion in land, equipment and crop assets at all stages of production to improve bottom-line performance.
Anuvia Plant Nutrients Holdings Inc. manufactures fertilizers and plant nutrition products. It offers bio-based fertilizers that optimizes nutrient availability and efficiency for plants, improves soil health, preserves natural resources, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. It offers its product for farming, agriculture, golf courses, sports turf, and lawn care. Anuvia Plant Nutrients Holdings Inc. was founded in 2005 and is based in Zellwood, Florida.

Conservis

Venture Round in 2021
Conservis provides farm management software to help you see your operation from the dirt up. Track field activities, manage inventories and analyze yields. The Conservis platform connects your information to manage your progress today and harvest opportunities ahead. Conservis started when four farmers asked our founders for help with workflow management. That was five years ago. Today, the Conservis system is used by the most successful agricultural producers to make informed business decisions. It is trusted to manage over $8 Billion in land, equipment and crop assets at all stages of production to improve bottom-line performance.

AgBiome, LLC

Series B in 2015
AgBiome, LLC, a biotechnology company, engages in delivering research and discovery to the agriculture industry. The company develops biological product that controls the predominant soil-borne diseases of greenhouse and major row crops. It identifies plant-associated microbes that enhance plant health, pest resistance, and yield applying based on genomics and screening technologies. AgBiome, LLC has strategic partnerships with Genective and ElevateBio. The company was incorporated in 2012 and is based in Durham, North Carolina.

Inocucor Technologies

Series B in 2018
Concentric develops ground-breaking agtech advancements that are safe for people, protect our natural resources and increase agriculture’s potential to feed the world. Concentric produces high-performance specialty biological products that naturally improve crop yields and replenish soils.

Caribou Biosciences

Series C in 2021
Caribou Biosciences is a operator of a medical technology company intended to analyze cell and genome engineering. The company specializes in cellular engineering and analysis based on the CRISPR-Cas9 technology platform which paired with a guide RNA, cuts double-stranded DNA and allows for specific changes to DNA, enabling development of therapeutics for agricultural biotechnology, industrial biotechnology and basic and applied biological research.

The Bouqs Company

Series C in 2020
The Bouqs Company owns and operates an Internet based flowers, and bouquet retail platform. It offers bouquets and flowers for weddings, events, business services, and more. The Bouqs Company was founded in 2012 and is based in Marina Del Rey, California.

Conservis

Venture Round in 2018
Conservis provides farm management software to help you see your operation from the dirt up. Track field activities, manage inventories and analyze yields. The Conservis platform connects your information to manage your progress today and harvest opportunities ahead. Conservis started when four farmers asked our founders for help with workflow management. That was five years ago. Today, the Conservis system is used by the most successful agricultural producers to make informed business decisions. It is trusted to manage over $8 Billion in land, equipment and crop assets at all stages of production to improve bottom-line performance.

Conservis

Debt Financing in 2017
Conservis provides farm management software to help you see your operation from the dirt up. Track field activities, manage inventories and analyze yields. The Conservis platform connects your information to manage your progress today and harvest opportunities ahead. Conservis started when four farmers asked our founders for help with workflow management. That was five years ago. Today, the Conservis system is used by the most successful agricultural producers to make informed business decisions. It is trusted to manage over $8 Billion in land, equipment and crop assets at all stages of production to improve bottom-line performance.

The Bouqs Company

Series C in 2019
The Bouqs Company owns and operates an Internet based flowers, and bouquet retail platform. It offers bouquets and flowers for weddings, events, business services, and more. The Bouqs Company was founded in 2012 and is based in Marina Del Rey, California.

Precision BioSciences, Inc.

Debt Financing in 2019
Precision BioSciences is a biotechnology company dedicated to improving lives through its next-generation gene editing technology, ARCUS. Precision BioSciences’ mission is to translate the world’s most powerful genome editing technology into greatly needed products throughout the life sciences. Precision’s proprietary ARCUS genome editing technology enables the production of highly specific nucleases that can insert, remove, and modify DNA at essentially any location in a complex genome.

Conservis

Series A in 2015
Conservis provides farm management software to help you see your operation from the dirt up. Track field activities, manage inventories and analyze yields. The Conservis platform connects your information to manage your progress today and harvest opportunities ahead. Conservis started when four farmers asked our founders for help with workflow management. That was five years ago. Today, the Conservis system is used by the most successful agricultural producers to make informed business decisions. It is trusted to manage over $8 Billion in land, equipment and crop assets at all stages of production to improve bottom-line performance.

Inocucor Technologies

Series B in 2018
Concentric develops ground-breaking agtech advancements that are safe for people, protect our natural resources and increase agriculture’s potential to feed the world. Concentric produces high-performance specialty biological products that naturally improve crop yields and replenish soils.

Pairwise Plants

Series B in 2021
Pairwise is a purpose-driven food+tech company dedicated to building a healthier world through better fruits and vegetables. Founded in 2017 by Drs. David Liu, Feng Zhang, J. Keith Joung, Tom Adams, and Haven Baker, Pairwise holds licenses from Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital to base editing and high-fidelity enzymes, and has an expanding internal portfolio of tools and traits. The Pairwise team is growing new types of fruits and vegetables, including leafy greens, berries, and stonefruit, with the first products expected within a few years. The Pairwise team is comprised of leaders in agriculture, CPG food, and research and development.
Anuvia Plant Nutrients Holdings Inc. manufactures fertilizers and plant nutrition products. It offers bio-based fertilizers that optimizes nutrient availability and efficiency for plants, improves soil health, preserves natural resources, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. It offers its product for farming, agriculture, golf courses, sports turf, and lawn care. Anuvia Plant Nutrients Holdings Inc. was founded in 2005 and is based in Zellwood, Florida.
Precision BioSciences is a biotechnology company dedicated to improving lives through its next-generation gene editing technology, ARCUS. Precision BioSciences’ mission is to translate the world’s most powerful genome editing technology into greatly needed products throughout the life sciences. Precision’s proprietary ARCUS genome editing technology enables the production of highly specific nucleases that can insert, remove, and modify DNA at essentially any location in a complex genome.

FoodLogiQ, LLC

Series B in 2019
FoodLogiQ specializes in supplier management, food safety compliance, quality incident, and whole chain traceability to verify supplier compliance with food safety and act, allowing food companies to improve global supply chain visibility, streamline supplier management, build quality issue tracking, and reporting.

Tropic Biosciences

Series A in 2018
Tropic Biosciences UK LTD operates as a biotechnology company, which develops commercial tropical crops using advanced plant breeding and gene editing technologies. The company uses non-GMO (genetically modified organism) gene editing techniques to grow and develop these crops. The company caters to coffee and banana industries. The company was incorporated in 2016 and is headquartered in Norwich, United Kingdom.

Provivi Inc.

Series C in 2020
Provivi Inc. develops biopesticides for agriculture, commercial, household, and public health pest management. It develops research quantities of carbene/nitrene transferase enzymes that activate diazo and azide compounds to generate iron-carbenoids and iron-nitrenoids through a mode of activation. The company also develops a biocatalysis and fermentation technology, which is based on biocatalysts that enable efficient synthesis of biopesticides. Its technology has applications in industries, such as pharmaceuticals, nutrition, flavors, and fragrances. The company offers its products through distributors worldwide. Provivi Inc. was incorporated in 2012 and is based in Santa Monica, California.
Blue River Technology Inc. engages in developing computer vision and robotics technology for agricultural applications. Its technology identifies weeds and selectively kills unwanted plants. The company’s automated solution is suitable for organic agriculture and fields with chemical-resistant weeds. Blue River Technology Inc. was founded in 2011 and is based in Sunnyvale, California with additional offices in Salinas, California and Yuma, Arizona. As of September 12, 2017, Blue River Technology Inc. operates as a subsidiary of Deere & Company.
Anuvia Plant Nutrients Holdings Inc. manufactures fertilizers and plant nutrition products. It offers bio-based fertilizers that optimizes nutrient availability and efficiency for plants, improves soil health, preserves natural resources, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. It offers its product for farming, agriculture, golf courses, sports turf, and lawn care. Anuvia Plant Nutrients Holdings Inc. was founded in 2005 and is based in Zellwood, Florida.
Anuvia Plant Nutrients Holdings Inc. manufactures fertilizers and plant nutrition products. It offers bio-based fertilizers that optimizes nutrient availability and efficiency for plants, improves soil health, preserves natural resources, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. It offers its product for farming, agriculture, golf courses, sports turf, and lawn care. Anuvia Plant Nutrients Holdings Inc. was founded in 2005 and is based in Zellwood, Florida.

VitAG Corporation

Private Equity Round in 2014
VitAG Corporation engages in the disposition of municipal biosolids and animal residuals into inorganic fertilizers. Its VitAG recycling technology transforms biosolids into ammonium sulfate granular fertilizers. The company sells its fertilizers through distributors in the United States and internationally. VitAG Corporation is based in Beech Island, South Carolina.

AgBiome, LLC

Series C in 2018
AgBiome, LLC, a biotechnology company, engages in delivering research and discovery to the agriculture industry. The company develops biological product that controls the predominant soil-borne diseases of greenhouse and major row crops. It identifies plant-associated microbes that enhance plant health, pest resistance, and yield applying based on genomics and screening technologies. AgBiome, LLC has strategic partnerships with Genective and ElevateBio. The company was incorporated in 2012 and is based in Durham, North Carolina.
Anuvia Plant Nutrients Holdings Inc. manufactures fertilizers and plant nutrition products. It offers bio-based fertilizers that optimizes nutrient availability and efficiency for plants, improves soil health, preserves natural resources, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. It offers its product for farming, agriculture, golf courses, sports turf, and lawn care. Anuvia Plant Nutrients Holdings Inc. was founded in 2005 and is based in Zellwood, Florida.

Provivi Inc.

Series C in 2019
Provivi Inc. develops biopesticides for agriculture, commercial, household, and public health pest management. It develops research quantities of carbene/nitrene transferase enzymes that activate diazo and azide compounds to generate iron-carbenoids and iron-nitrenoids through a mode of activation. The company also develops a biocatalysis and fermentation technology, which is based on biocatalysts that enable efficient synthesis of biopesticides. Its technology has applications in industries, such as pharmaceuticals, nutrition, flavors, and fragrances. The company offers its products through distributors worldwide. Provivi Inc. was incorporated in 2012 and is based in Santa Monica, California.