Company Profile

Grassroots Biotechnology Inc (AKA: Plx Pharma Inc~grassroots Pharmaceuticals Llc)
Profile last edited on: 8/30/2023      CAGE: 4UH72      UEI: TLEMFNZ331N7

Business Identifier: Agricultural Biotechnology
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Inactive (Acquired)
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Location Information

302 East Pettigrew Street Suite A200
Morrisville, NC 27701
   (919) 747-7400
Location: Single
Congr. District: 04
County: Durham

Public Profile

Formerly known as GrassRoots Pharmaceuticals, Inc. working in the bio-pharma space, GrassRoots Biotechnology, Inc., now functions as an agricultural biotechnology company, developing and commercializing biofuel, food, and industrial crops. In June 2013, GrassRoots Biotechnology, Inc. wsaa acquired by, and now operates as a subsidiary of Monsanto Company, among other things conducting research to create improved biofuels feed stocks, such as switchgrass and sorghum, which are biomass crops for the Southeast. working to create enhanced switchgrass crops. The firm is focused on two important switchgrass traits: rapid root establishment and greater root extension. The slow rate of switchgrass root establishment can delay harvest for up to three years. Rapid root establishment will speed the time to harvest. Greater root extension will increase the amount of carbon sequestration. This will provide switchgrass farmers added revenue in carbon credits and increase the value of switchgrass beyond simple biomass production.

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Awards Distribution by Agency

Most Recent SBIR Projects

Year Phase Agency Total Amount
2013 1 USDA $100,000
Project Title: Genome- Wide Association Studies of Root System Architecture Governing Agronomic Productivity in Sorghum
2012 1 NIH $367,711
Project Title: Using Combinatorial Control To Improve Transgene Expression Specificity In Plants
2010 2 USDA $480,000
Project Title: Improving Root Architecture in Energy Crops
2010 2 USDA $880,000
Project Title: Improving Root Architecture in Energy Crops
2010 2 NSF $1,200,000
Project Title: Constitutive Promoters for Crop Improvement

Key People / Management

  Philip Benfey -- Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

  Douglas Eisner -- Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer

  Tedd D Elich -- Research Team Leader, Biochemistry Group

  Lenard M Lichtenberger

  J Zhu

  Jinming Zhu