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Native Traits Corporation

Using ancestral (Indian) corn as a genetic source to increase modern elite corn yield and tolerance to environmental stresses.

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Agriculture
  • Location Kalamazoo, MI, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded May 2013
  • Employees 2
  • Incorporation Type C-corp
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Company Summary

Native Traits uses proprietary technology to identify and recover genetic traits from ancestral corn and move them into modern corn to increase yield and tolerance to environmental stresses. One yield trait enhances seed parent yield by more than 40 percent The Company will license these traits and corresponding genetic markers to major corn seed companies and receive upfront license fees and royalties


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    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.

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    John L. McIntyre
    Chairman of the Board, 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.


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    Honigman, Miller, Schwartz, and Cohn, LLP

Previous Investors

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    Friedrich Consulting & Research, LLC