Brightseed Closes $68M in Series B Funding

Brightseed, San FranciscoCA- and RaleighNC-based biosciences company, creator of Forager®, a computational platform that illuminates the connections between nature and human health, raised $68m in Series B funding.

TheRound was led by TemasekParticipation from existing investors and new ones.

TheCompany plans to use the funds to further natural compound discovery and clinical validation and launch its first FDA GRAS ingredient from a new center for commercialization. in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Co-Founded by Lee Chae, PhD.; Sofia Elizondo; Jim Flatt, PhD., BrightseedProvides ForagerThis tool identifies and maps the natural bioactives in order to identify them and map their relationship to human health benefits. This accelerated discovery of health-benefiting compounds has potential implications for food & agriculture, nutrition policy and nature-based drug design.

To date, Forager has mapped more than two million plant compounds – and dozens are inThere are many stages of validation in multiple health areas including metabolic health, digestive and cognitive health, sugar management, maternal, and immune health.

Brightseed’s first discovery, two bioactive compounds identified in upcycled hemp hulls, will launch later this year as an FDA GRAS whole-food ingredient for gut health. ToTo support the launch, the company will open a second location. in the “Research Triangle Park” of Raleigh, North Carolina. Brightseed’s Science Center in South San Francisco will continue to be the home of its plant library, world-class technology stack, and compound discovery efforts – informed by metabolomics, bioinformatics, natural products chemistry, biomedicine, and translational and clinical research teams. TheCompany is partnering with Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. inBoth regions will customize facilities to support the growing life sciences footprint of the region and specialized ingredient production.

PartnersInclude Danone SA, Ocean Spray, ofi (olam foods ingredients) PharmaviteMakers of Nature Made® vitamins.



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