Divergence Raises $12 million | February 23, 2009 Issue - Vol. 87 Issue 8 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 87 Issue 8 | p. 23 | Concentrates
Issue Date: February 23, 2009

Divergence Raises $12 million

Department: Business

Divergence has raised $12 million from investors to advance its nematicide program. The St. Louis-based firm claims it has discovered the first new molecules to control plant parasitic nematodes, a class of pest that the firm says causes billions of dollars in crop loss annually and widespread disease in humans and animals. The 10-year-old biotechnology firm applies genomics and informatics to develop parasite controls. Working with Monsanto, Divergence last year completed the genome for the soybean cyst nematode and made it publicly available.

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