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Phytelligence Adds $5M to Series B Round
Avrio Steps Into Round B With $5M Investment, Michael McGee Occupies Final Board Seat
Phytelligence has signed an additional $5M investment as part of our Series B round.

The investment, funded by Avrio Capital, marks a current Series B total of $12M for the company. In addition to the investment, Michael McGee, managing director for Avrio, will occupy Phytelligence's 7th remaining board seat. Phytelligence is anticipating a total Series B round of $16M to close in early September 2017.

Since 2002, Avrio has invested in nearly 60 companies in the Food and Agriculture sectors. Each is addressing peak food in a fresh way – through crop inputs, food production, nutrition, or value-added processes like fermentation and synthetic biology. The company focuses on investing in companies that are solving real problems by combining innovation and execution to create world class organizations. Avrio was the first to establish agriculture and food as a viable, investable private capital asset class.

To learn more about Avrio Capital, click below.
Phytelligence Named A Tech Impact Award Finalist
Company Leads the Competition in the Emerging Tech Category
Phytelligence was recently named a finalist for the Seattle Business Magazine 2017 Tech Impact Awards in the Emerging Technology category.

Phytelligence was chosen out of a field of over 100 Pacific Northwest companies vying for the honor, which will be presented in real-time at the September 26 th awards banquet held at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle.

The  Tech Impact Awards  recognize companies headquartered in the state of Washington that will have a significant impact on business, industry or society. Companies will be honored in 14 categories: Enterprise, Cloud/Big Data, IT Services/Consulting, Emerging Tech, Design/Interface, Mobile, Education, Consumer/Retail, Gaming/Entertainment, Security, Marketing/Analytics, Software as a Service, and Other.
Companies honored at this year's 2017 Tech Impact Awards will include:
  • Algorithmia
  • Blue Origin
  • Echodyne
  • F5 Networks
  • Kymeta Corporation
  • Medbridge
  • Nintex
  • Offer Up
  • Outreach
  • Phytelligence
  • Qumulo
  • Spaceflight Industries
  • Tempered Networks
  • Textio
  • Xevo
  • Zonar Systems

All entries were considered by the 3rd-party judging panel resulting in 18 category finalists that will be honored at the awards banquet and featured in the October issue of  Seattle Business  magazine.
Now Booking Spring 2019
Phytelligence has now opened their 2019 booking season.

We offer true-to-type, virus free, genetically confirmed plant material in the following crops:
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Cherries
  • Berries
  • Peaches
  • Nuts
  • Hops
  • Grapes
  • Citrus
Don't see what you're looking for? Contact us and we may be able to help.

Book now to take advantage of our current incentives:
  • Book before December 31, 2017 to receive a 5% pre-booking discount on your order
  • Free shipping (WA State only) for orders over 10,000 placed before December 31, 2017
Volume Discounts
  • Best or Standard Price 1-100,000 plants
  • 100K Threshold 1% 100,000-249,000
  • 250K Threshold 2% 250,00-499,999
  • 500K Threshold 3% 500,000-2,999,999 
  • 3M Threshold 4% 3,000,000-4,999,999 
  • Over 5M Threshold 5%
Meet the Phytelligence Board
The Phytelligence board is a group of agro-industry luminaries with vast experience in building, commercializing and expanding successful companies. Now that the board is full, we'd like to provide a brief introduction to everyone.
Eric Rey – Former CEO and President, Arcadia Biosciences (RKDA - NASDAQ)

Eric has 30 years of experience in the agriculture industry, including leading Arcadia to a $65M IPO. He was VP of Operations for Calgene for 17 years, including two years following Montsanto's acquisition of the company. Mr. Rey holds a B.S. in Plant Science from University of California at Davis.
Dr. John Ryals – CEO, Metabolon

Dr. Ryals has served as President, CEO and a member of the board of directors at Metabolon. Prior to founding Metabolon, he was Chief Executive Officer, President and founder of Paradigm Genetics, Inc. Dr. Ryals has 30 years of experience in the biotechnology industry, including senior research positions at Novartis and Ciba-Geigy. He earned a BA in biology and chemistry from the University of North Texas and MS and PhD degrees in molecular biology from the University of Texas at Dallas.
Shaun Lonergan – Vice President/General Manager, Metabolon

Shaun has over 30 years of experience in senior management positions participating successful exits and IPO at Boehringer Mannheim (Roche), Perceptive Biosystems (Thermo), Third Wave Technologies (Hologic) and others. Shaun is the former CEO of Nerites Corporation, attaining more than $7M in grant awards. Mr. Lonergan earned his Master of Science degree in microbiology from the University of Rhode Island.
Michael McGee – Managing Director, Avrio Capital

Michael has an Impressive record of investing in and amplifying businesses of all sizes including Axter Agrosciences, VoloAgri Group and Organic Meadow, Inc. He's the f ormer Managing Director of Werklund Capital Corporation and Executive Vice President at Cavendish Investing. Michael earned his Masters in Finance from Loyola University.
Jim Jackson – CEO, Royal Bluff Orchards

Jim Jackson has over 30 years experience in orchard management, recently raised over $10 million in new capital for orchard renewal and expansion. Jim and his team farm 380 acres of organic apples on the Royal Slope, WA. Jim graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in forest management from Nichols College. He served his country as a Vietnam veteran and received his Masters Degree in Business Administration from California State University San Diego.
Dr. Amit Dhingra, Founder and CSO, Phytelligence

Dr. Amit Dhingra is founder and Chief Science Office of Phytelligence. He has over 20 years of innovating in genomics and plant biotech. Dr. Dhingra is a tenured professor and head of research at Washington State University. Dr. Dhingra has his Ph.D., Plant Molecular Biology, from the University of Delhi South Campus, New Delhi, India.
Ken Hunt, CEO, Phytelligence, Chairman of the Board

Ken Hunt is the Chief Executive Officer at Phytelligence. He has a 23 year track record of success building, growing, and managing businesses. Formerly, Ken was the CEO of Anawah, a biotechnology company that utilized TILLING technology for crop improvement. Ken earned his MBA from Wake Forest, as well as his JD from the Wake Forest School of Law.
We're Hiring!
We're growing and we have several new position listed on our website. If you're looking for a great career at a fast-growing company, check out our current openings below.
Stark Bros Impressed With Krymsk Rootstock
"The Krymsk cherry rootstock we received from Phytelligence are performing great in the field. We have the highest expectations from budding. We're looking forward to our next shipment in Spring 2018."
Dan Morris
Stark Bros Nursery
In the News
Our founder and CSO, Dr. Amit Dhingra, was recently featured on NPR discussing huckleberries. Read more below:
For the Love of Huckleberries

Starting in late summer, national forests in Northwestern states like Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Idaho fill with eager berry hunters hoping to find a cache of dark maroon huckleberries. It's common for demand to exceed supply, leading to conflicts between Native Americans who have certain reserved picking areas, commercial pickers, and families hoping to continue their summer traditions.

"Domesticating the wild huckleberry is impossible," says Amit Dhingra, associate professor in the horticulture department at Washington State University. "They have been established in the wild in certain conditions in the forest, and their genetics are suited specifically for that purpose."

Instead, Dhingra is heading an effort to make a totally new berry, with some of the qualities that makes the huckleberry so revered. The goal is to create a berry that can be grown in multiple environments — not just shaded areas of high elevations, like the huckleberry. 
Phytelligence Executive Horticulture Advisor for Tree Fruit, Win Cowgill, was recently featured in Good Fruit Grower discussing the future of peach rootstocks and upcoming improvements. Read below:
Cowgill: Improving rootstocks for peaches

The NC-140 Regional Research Project focuses on the improvement of rootstocks for tree fruit crops in North America.
Our mantra: improving economic and environmental sustainability in tree fruit production through changes in rootstock use.
Most growers think of apple rootstocks when they see references to NC-140, and the project did start with apples.
The North Central Project 140 (NC-140) was established in the late 1970s to facilitate evaluation of apple rootstocks and interstem trees in the U.S.
The first multi-state apple trial was planted in 1980, and with cooperators from more than 20 states, four Canadian provinces and one Mexican state, NC-140 has played a major role in the rapid adoption of intensive apple orchard systems in North America.
Evercrisp Apple gets PLU Approval

MAIA-1–  marketed as ‘EverCrisp’ – earlier this month received its PLU (price look-up) approval from the International Federation for Produce Standards (IFPS), and is broadening its marketing as it readies for expanded availability in late October in stores. The ‘Honeycrisp’ and ‘Fuji’ cross was developed by the  Midwest Apple Improvement Association  (MAIA).

Earlier this year, MAIA signed a propagation agreement with Phytelligence to expand availability of ‘EverCrisp’ to growers.The partnership allows Phytelligence to propagate and sell MAIA-1 trees, quickly increasing the amount of trees available and getting more plant material into the hands of awaiting growers. With Phytelligence’s proprietary technology, the company can quickly replenish the depleted MAIA-1 supply with virus clean, true-to-type plants ready for delivery in spring 2019.
Upcoming Events
Phytelligence Customer and Shareholder Open House

Burien, WA - Tuesday, September 19, 10am - 3pm
Tigard, OR - Thursday, September 21, 10am - 3pm
Phytelligence is hosting an open house for customers and shareholders at our Burien greenhouse location on Tuesday, September 19 from 10am - 3pm and Thursday, September 21 at our Tigard tissue culture lab.

Come check out our facilities and learn more about every stage of our MultiPHY™
process. Coffee and refreshments will be served. Please RSVP below.
In the Area? Schedule a Tour!
Phytelligence Headquarters
12415 5th Pl SW
Burien, WA 98146

Phytelligence Tigard
16160 SW Upper Boones Ferry Rd 
Tigard, OR 97224

Phytelligence Pullman
1615 NE Eastgate Blvd #3 
Pullman, WA 99163