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Ryan Shepherd, CEO, presents at the North Central Division Meeting of the American Phytopathological Society

PhylloTech, LLC (Madison, WI) announces that Ryan Shepherd, the company’s
Chief Executive Officer, presented the company’s technology at the North Central Division Meeting of the American Phytopathological Society. The meeting was held at
the UWEX Pyle Conference Center on the University of Wisconsin-Madison
campus from June 11–13, 2014. His talk was entitled “Biochemical defenses
of leaf surfaces: novel strategies for disease control” and was part of the
symposium “From host recognition to transmission: advances in mechanisms of
infection.” Dr. Shepherd discussed the research status of numerous
technologies that his company is developing for agricultural markets,
including PhylloTech’s protein-based biofungicides and bioproduction system.
The division meeting brings together a diverse audience of scientists,
students, and leading professionals from academia and industry. APS is
dedicated to high-quality, innovative plant pathology research and its
members represent all facets of research and specialties.

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PhylloTech, LLC awarded Phase I SBIR grant from USDA-NIFA

PhylloTech, LLC (Madison, WI) announces that it has been awarded a $100,000 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the United States Department of Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA). “The goal of this project is to control bacterial plant pathogens using an environmentally-friendly strategy to disrupt intercellular communication,” stated Chakradhar Mattupalli, Ph.D., Project Director for the USDA-NIFA grant. “With the research supported by this grant, we will develop a novel way to manage bacterial plant diseases that pose continual problems in crop production.”

“It’s very rewarding to receive this USDA-NIFA grant because this exciting biodeterrent project builds on the research from my postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California-Berkeley,” said Dr. Ryan Shepherd, PhylloTech’s Chief Executive Officer. “We’re expanding our product development into the control of bacterial plant pathogens with established market impact, fully complementing our existing biofungicide technologies.” PhylloTech is an agricultural biotechnology company that is also developing novel protein bioproduction systems in plants and innovative strategies for disease control. PhylloTech is headquartered at the University Research Park in Madison, WI, and currently has six employees. Please visit www.phyllotech.com for further information.

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PhylloTech to exhibit in NSF Innovation Zone at BIO2014 in San Diego, CA.

April 25, 2014. PhylloTech, LLC (Madison, WI) announces that it will exhibit at the 2014 Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) International Meeting in San Diego, CA from June 23-27, 2014. The company was selected by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to host a kiosk in the Innovation Zone, an area of the Exhibition floor that is dedicated to showcasing Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grantees. SBIR grants provide early-stage funding for small businesses, and PhylloTech currently has a Phase II SBIR grant from the NSF to develop a trichome bioproduction system. PhylloTech has been awarded a travel grant from the NSF to exhibit at the event, and the company has also received a travel scholarship from BioForward (Madison, WI), a member-driven state association that is the voice of Wisconsin’s bioscience industry. Ryan Shepherd (CEO), Danielle Stacy (R&D Manager), and Dan Pfaff (Associate Scientist) will attend the convention, and they will introduce the company’s technology to potential customers, strategic partners, and investors. Please contact Ryan Shepherd through the One-on-One Partnering System at the BIO Conference website if you would like to schedule a meeting at BIO 2014.

About PhylloTech, LLC.
PhylloTech is an agricultural biotechnology company that is developing novel protein bioproduction systems in plants and natural-product biofungicides. PhylloTech is headquartered at the University Research Park in Madison, WI, and currently has six employees. Please visit www.phyllotech.com for further information.

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PhylloTech Receives SBIR Phase II Supplement from NSF

MADISON, Wisconsin, August 16, 2013.

PhylloTech, LLC announces that it has received a $99,982 supplement to its Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Award from the National Science Foundation. The supplement, awarded through NSF’s Technology Enhancement for Commercial Partnership (TECP) program, will help the company meet the rigorous technical specifications required by potential strategic partners.

“The TECP supplement from NSF is a significant boost to our R&D efforts,” said Dr. Ryan Shepherd, PhylloTech’s Chief Executive Officer and the Principal Investigator on the NSF grant. “The funding will allow us to expand our target offerings and demonstrate further the uniqueness and utility of our trichome bioproduction system.”

PhylloTech has recently expanded its R&D laboratory in Madison, WI, and is currently constructing a 2,000 square foot pilot-scale bioproduction facility near Beloit, WI. The award supplement brings the total NSF SBIR Phase II funding to $615,892.

About PhylloTech, LLC.
PhylloTech is an agricultural biotechnology company that is developing novel protein bioproduction systems in plants and natural-product biofungicides. PhylloTech is headquartered at the University Research Park in Madison, WI, and currently has six employees. Please visit www.phyllotech.com for further information.

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PhylloTech is Awarded a Phase I SBIR Grant from NIEHS

MADISON, Wisconsin, February 12, 2013.
PhylloTech, LLC announces that it received a $138,910 Phase I Small Business Innovation Research Grant (SBIR) from the National Institute of Environmental and Health Sciences (NIEHS), of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to utilize plants for the removal of cadmium from contaminated soils.

“We are very happy to receive this funding to support a new application of our technology in the environmental sciences,” said Dr. Ryan Shepherd, PhylloTech’s Chief Executive Officer. “We intend to demonstrate with this project that in addition to bioproduction, our trichome biotechnology can be utilized for the phytoextraction of soil pollutants.”

The Phase I grant has been used to expand the company’s research and development program and facilitate new commercialization opportunities with strategic partners.

About PhylloTech, LLC.
PhylloTech is a biotechnology company that is developing novel protein bioproduction systems in plants and natural-product biofungicides. PhylloTech is headquartered at the University Research Park in Madison, WI, and currently has six employees. Please visit www.phyllotech.com for further information.

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PhylloTech receives SBIR Phase II grant from NSF

MADISON, Wisconsin, November 26, 2012.
PhylloTech, LLC announces that in August 2012 it received a two-year, $515,910 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant from the National Science Foundation to produce high-value proteins in plants.

“We are honored to receive this research grant so that we can expand the bioproduction abilities of plants,” said Dr. Ryan Shepherd, PhylloTech’s Chief Executive Officer. “Instead of producing proteins in plant interiors, where extraction and purification is expensive and time consuming, we use epidermal structures called trichomes to produce proteins at the leaf surface.”

This is the first SBIR Phase II grant that PhylloTech has received, and is the continuation of work performed with a SBIR Phase I grant from the National Science Foundation in 2011. The Phase II grant has been used to hire new employees and expand the company’s research and development efforts at the University Research Park in Madison, WI.

About PhylloTech, LLC.
PhylloTech is a biotechnology company that is developing novel protein bioproduction systems in plants and natural-product biofungicides. PhylloTech is headquartered at the University Research Park in Madison, WI, and currently has six employees. Please visit www.phyllotech.com for further information.

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PhylloTech is Awarded a SBIR Phase I Grant from the National Science Foundation

In January 2011, PhylloTech received a $150,000 Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant from the National Science Foundation. This grant provides funding for the research and development of novel plant bioproduction methods utilizing PhylloTech’s proprietary trichome technology and brings the total NSF investment in the firm to $300K. Last year, PhylloTech received a SBIR grant from the National Science Foundation to develop natural product biofungicides for the agriculture industry.

PhylloTech, LLC develops natural product biofungicides and plant bioproduction systems. The firm’s headquarters are located at the University of Wisconsin Research Park in Madison, WI.

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PhylloTech moves to Madison, WI.

PhylloTech, a leading innovator in biopesticides and bioproduction systems, has moved to the University Research Park in Madison, WI.  The resources available to biotechnology companies in Madison are unsurpassed, including the Wisconsin Technology Council, BioForward, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and together create a tremendous entrepreneurial environment to help emerging companies.

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PhylloTech Places First in the Life Sciences Division of the Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest

PhylloTech placed first in the life sciences division of the 2010 Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest in Milwaukee, WI.  The placement awards the firm a substantial prize and recognizes the business plan as one of the leading startup plans in the state of Wisconsin.

“We are very thankful to the Wisconsin Technology Council, the Governor of Wisconsin, and all those involved in this competition for recognizing our firm as a leader in innovation in the life sciences,” said Colin Shepherd, PhylloTech’s COO.  “We are excited to grow this firm in Madison and to create products that change the way people interact with their world.”

PhylloTech recently opened an R&D office at the UW Research Park in Madison, WI.