Monday, December 15, 2008

BotanoCap raises $2.3m to develop environmentally-friendly pesticides

BotanoCap Ltd., an Ashkelon Technological Industries (ATI) portfolio company, has raised $2.3 million from Swiss holding company BHCO Group, a current investor, at a company value of $11.3 million, according to a report in Globes. BotanoCap is developing patented environmentally-friendly pesticides and disinfectants based on microcapsules of essential oils.

BotanoCap is collaborating with Mekorot to develop pesticides for water sources and drinking water. BotanoCap CTO Prof. Arie Markus, vice CTO Paullina Strongin, and Regulatory Affairs Officer Dr. Charles Linder founded the company. Dr. Yigal Gezundhait, the company's CEO, recently participated in the California Israel Chamber of Commerce Cleantech Tour. BotanoCap was profiled on Israel21c last week.