Koch Agronomic Services Acquires Biological Research Business of Mendel Biotechnology, Inc.
New business platform to focus on research and discovery of biologically
based solutions to increase crop yield potential
December 4, 2014
A subsidiary of Koch Agronomic Services, LLC (KAS), announced today that it has purchased the biological research and development business of Mendel Biotechnology, Inc. The business will operate as Mendel Biological Solutions and will continue to be based in Hayward, Calif.
Mendel’s biological research and development team focuses on biological crop solutions which increase crop yield potential through the use of naturally derived products. The acquisition establishes a new biological platform for KAS, furthering its commitment to develop innovative technologies that satisfy evolving needs of the agricultural industry.
“As global population increases so does food demand, and growers are challenged to produce more crops to meet the need,” said Bill Boycott, KAS vice president of biologicals. “The Mendel team has expertise in understanding how plant processes, such as photosynthesis, stress tolerance and nutrient use efficiency, impact crop yields. By integrating Mendel’s research expertise with our commercialization capabilities, we will offer customers a new line of naturally derived products.”
Greg Ikonen, interim CEO of Mendel, added, “We are excited to join KAS and play a part in its vision to develop new biological products that will better serve customers’ changing needs.”
Financial details of the agreement are not being disclosed. Kirchner and Company, the M&A arm of the Kirchner Group, acted as the advisor to Mendel Biotechnology, Inc.