Native Traits Corporation

Native Traits is the premier developer/supplier of naturally-occurring (non-GMO) genetic traits for the hybrid seed corn industry.

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Agriculture
  • Location Kalamazoo, MI, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded May 2013
  • Employees 8
  • Incorporation Type C-corp
  • Website

Company Summary

Native Traits recovers naturally-occurring genetic traits from ancestral strains of corn. These proprietary products have proven to be a very effective means to enhance tolerance to environmental stress and increase yield. For example, the EaSY trait not only provides tolerance to drought, it also enhances seed parent yield by up to 50 percent. The Company is licensing these traits to major corn seed companies.


  • James W. Friedrich

    Dr. Friedrich is a serial entrepreneur, the original developer of the NT RECOVERY technology, and a veteran of the seed/biotechnology industry. While serving as President and Chairman of the Board of Maize Genetic Resources, Inc., he received the Governor's Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence. His knowledge of the seed industry resulted in licensing arrangements with dozens of companies, including all of the major international players.

  • John L. McIntyre
    Executive Vice-President

    Dr. McIntyre is also a serial entrepreneur and has a track record involving several start-up ventures and the raising of over $100 MM from several capital sources. Formerly the President/CEO of Vesteron Corporation, growing companies via strategic alliances, profitable licensing arrangements, and M & A activities are hallmarks of his executive leadership.


  • Honigman, Miller, Schwartz, and Cohn, LLP

Previous Investors

  • Friedrich Consulting & Research, LLC

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