Innovative Companies in Ireland South East – MicroGen Biotech

MicroGen Biotech was founded in 2012 by Dr Xuemei Germaine. It is located in The Enterprise and Research Incubation Centre, IT Carlow. They currently have employees in Ireland and China. The team aim to deliver microbes to help create safer, sustainable food.

The team at MicroGen Biotech develop biologicals to increase crop yield, prevent heavy metal in crops, and degrade organic pollutant in soil.

Dr Xuemei Germaine said:

“Human health is damaged by highly carcinogenic heavy metals such as arsenic, which are in everyday foods including potatoes, rice, wheat and vegetables. Our technology can significantly reduce these toxins, and can restore the 3 billion acres of land that are polluted with heavy metals today.”

MicroGen Biotech is the only company in the world that develop these patented biologicals. They apply proprietary Constructed Functional Microbiome platform technology to develop microbial products to block the uptake of heavy metals by crops to protect food safety, restore soil natural microbiome to increase soil health, crop quality and yields and break down toxic pollutants to remediate contaminated soil. Healthy soil, healthy people, healthy farmer is their message.

The company has successfully registered two of its solutions with the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture, they are now working with partners to start using the solutions there. They raised €3.47m in 2020, bringing their total funding to €7.8m, and plan to use the latest round of funding to expand their production and invest in new technology.

Germaine stated:

“We are now in a position to scale by strengthening our senior management team, closing contracts in our sales funnel, expanding production capacity and investing in technology innovation and product development.”

They see Europe and North America as key growth markets and are currently in talks with several growers and global food brands.

MicroGen Biotech won two awards at world’s largest start up competition – Samsung Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC). The awards were the Agtech & Food category and the Female Founder Award.

Dr Xuemei Germaine is amongst the finalists in the 2021 EY Entrepreneur of the Year – the overall winner will be selected in November 2021.

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