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Cooley advises Provivi on $45.5M Series C-2 Round

January 8, 2021

Cooley advised emerging crop protection company Provivi on its $45.5 million series C-2 financing round led by Vivo Capital, with participation from returning shareholders. Provivi has developed a truly disruptive technological platform that enables the scalable production of environmentally friendly insect pheromone products. These products are able to naturally disrupt the mating cycle of insect pests and reduce the current overreliance upon non-sustainable synthetic insecticides. "The Series C-2 financing is a new milestone in the growth of our company. It builds upon a very successful year where Provivi achieved several product registrations worldwide and launched our first product commercially in Mexico," said Dr. Pedro Coelho, cofounder and CEO of Provivi.

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Chris Holly
Partner, Washington, DC
Rachel Proffitt
Partner and Chief Executive Officer, San Francisco
Rachel M. Burns
Special Counsel, San Francisco
Julia Gage
Associate, San Francisco
Ron Metzger
Paralegal Specialist, San Francisco
Marcelo Pomeranz
Associate, San Diego

Cooley secures key patent on agricultural disease-fighting bacterium for Montana State University's College of Agriculture

December 13, 2018

The patented process uses a naturally occurring BmJ bacterium to activate the natural immune defenses of plants against bacterial, viral, and fungal diseases. The BmJ bacterium was originally isolated from the healthy leaves of beet plants in an otherwise disease-ridden sugar beet field. Dr. Barry Jacobsen, a professor of plant sciences and plant pathology, discovered BmJ's role in natural plant resistance, and played a key role in developing the bacterium into a commercial product.

This novel treatment is expected to provide farmers with an effective and natural alternative to traditional chemical crop treatments. The patented BmJ spray was recently approved by the EPA for use in the United States, and is expected to become available soon to farmers all over the world through MSU's partnership with Certis USA.

Cooley attorneys were instrumental in counseling MSU throughout the patent procurement and licensing phases of BmJ's development. Cooley is now home to the largest life sciences patent practice in the US, and is a leader in working with universities, as well as startup and established companies in developing next-generation Ag-Biotech solutions

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Chris Holly
Partner, Washington, DC
Marcelo Pomeranz
Associate, San Diego

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District of Columbia Bar Association

Registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)