Our vision comes from seeds of opportunity: the opportunity to provide the global energy market with sustainable and economically viable sources of bioenergy that reduce carbon emissions, preserve ecosystems and have a positive economic impact on local communities.
SGB is an energy crop company developing and delivering high performance bioenergy solutions for the renewable fuel, biomass and chemical markets. Through its proprietary technologies, genetics and traits, the company is enabling the production of large volumes of sustainable plant oil and biomass at significantly lower costs.
SGB is using its industry-leading global breeding and genomics platforms to advance Jatropha as a new global energy crop because it is the most economically viable and sustainable feedstock for renewable fuels, biomass and chemicals. Drawing from the largest and most diverse library of Jatropha genetic material and advanced molecular breeding tools, the company has developed hundreds of elite hybrid varieties of Jatropha with significantly greater yields, profitability and scalability.
SGB's platform is significantly enhanced through landmark investments by Thomas, McNerney & Partners, Finistere Ventures, Flint Hills Resources, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Koch Industries Inc., and Life Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: LIFE), a global biotechnology tools company.
Thomas, McNerney & Partners is a venture capital firm that invests in life science companies. Employing a multi-stage investment approach, Thomas, McNerney & Partners has $600 million in assets under management and provides seed and early stage funding to help entrepreneurs launch companies, as well as growth capital to emerging companies for furthering product development or for expansion of product commercialization.
Finistere Ventures is a leading life science venture capital firm based in San Diego, California. The firm's investment strategy is focused on 'Food, Energy and Health' related technologies, with funds focusing on technologies related to agricultural innovation and medical devices and diagnostics. Particular areas of focus include abiotech, agritech, precision agriculture and renewable energy & materials from biomass, as well as medical devices and diagnostics, in areas including cardiovascular, neurological and ophthalmology. Finistere's team is comprised of investment professionals and scientific entrepreneurs with a long history of creating value. http://www.finistereventures.com/
Flint Hills Resources, LLC: is an experienced leader in the processing and handling of petroleum, petrochemicals and ethanol products. This alliance provides strong validation of the global economic opportunity presented by Jatropha and offers the downstream expertise of a petroleum, chemical and biofuel leader.
Life Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: LIFE): a global biotechnology tools company with sales of $3.3 billion in sales and more than 3,000 Ph.D.'s worldwide. Their investment and partnership with SGB forms the industry's most advanced Jatropha genetic program allowing for the rapid introduction of new commercial traits targeted toward increasing yield, reducing input costs and driving greater profitability. The partnership has successfully completed sequencing the Jatropha genome.
Our strategic alliance with Bunge North America (NYSE: BG) provides access to the expertise of the largest oilseed processor in the world to research and develop a model to process Jatropha seeds.