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Terra Biologics

Terra Biologics uses algae to reclaim disturbed soil at lower cost in <6 months, compared to 3-5 years for traditional technologies

  • Stage Product In Development
  • Industry Clean Technology
  • Location St. Louis, MO, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded April 2012
  • Employees 3
  • Website

Company Summary

Terra Biologics is commercializing a proprietary process for the production and application of live, native biological soil crust (BSC) to reclaim degraded soils. The microorganism colony found in the biological soil crust fixes nitrogen, increases soil stability by decreasing erosion, and promotes vascular plant growth. Terra Biologics’ initial market focus is soil that has been damaged by fossil fuel exploration and wildfire.


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    Ted Briscoe

    Ted has extensive experience in building and managing high growth technology businesses. Ted’s global business development experience includes negotiating licensing, manufacturing, and distribution agreements worldwide. He raised over $100mm in venture and private equity and holds two patents.

    President & CEO of Vibe Solutions Group
    President & COO of Ask Jeeves
    President, Zip Drive division, Iomega
    10 years experience at Apple and IBM

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    Larry Page

    Larry Page has nine years of laboratory experience in biochemistry and molecular biology of photosynthetic organisms.  Since 2007, Larry has been a graduate student in the Biochemistry program at Washington University in St. Louis.  His work has focused on light harvesting optimization in cyanobacteria in the lab of Himadri Pakrasi.

    Page was an NSF REU fellow in the Ozkan lab at the University of California-Riverside

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    Michael Ott
    Business Development Lead

    Michael Ott has 11 years of experience in business development and fundraising for traditional biofuel production facilities, advanced biofuels, windpower, biomass power, waste-to-energy and bio-based product companies. Ott has a Master’s degree in Bioinorganic Chemistry from the University of Iowa. He ran BIOWA and converted the organization from a bio-based products trade group to a consulting group for renewable energy technologies.


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    Thompson and Coburn, based in St Louis

Previous Investors

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    Nidus Investment Partners