moa raises $44 Million in Series B Financing to Progress a New Generation of Safe and Sustainable Crop Protection Products
Can herbicide mixtures hold back weed resistance?
moa has moved to the Bellhouse Building, a prestigious new facility recently opened at the Oxford Science Park.
Two new investors are to fund moa with a further £5 million extension to the company’s Series A funding round.
moa has a new CEO, Dr Virginia Corless, an experienced leader of cutting-edge enterprises that aim to make agriculture more efficient and sustainable. Dr Corless, who has a multi-disciplinary background, trained at the University of Cambridge and MIT. She has had senior roles in organisations concerned with energy, water and food security.
The year 2020, with the global disruption to normal work practices caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, showed the value in having good access to data and the ability to integrate it, build connectivity and forge new knowledge.
moa has been highlighted as a company with an innovative approach to the discovery process for new crop protection chemistry.
moa and CAS have announced an agreement to embed chemical substance data from the CAS REGISTRY® directly into moa's R&D workflow.
moa has been cited as an example of the importance of investment in agri-tech thrown into sharp relief by the Covid-19 pandemic.
At last, after more than thirty years, herbicide active ingredients with new modes of action are in the pipeline. The growing problem of resistant weeds has driven more research effort, which is now showing signs of success.
Some new herbicide modes of action have been announced recently. So, new modes of action are there to be discovered, although it will be some years before the active ingredients concerned reach the market.
Recently published results of a survey of herbicide resistant blackgrass in England have revealed the extent and severity of infestations.
moa has been named as one of the most exciting new companies emerging from the vibrant technology environment in and around the city of Oxford, UK.
Modern chemical herbicides have provided effective weed control and raised crop yields. However, they are forbidden in organic food production and organic farmers have to use a variety of alternative methods to control weeds.
moa is successfully running CDD Vault, a comprehensive informatics platform from San Francisco-based Collaborative Drug Discovery Inc. CDD Vault brings unique advantages to archiving, mining and analysing chemistry and biology research data from moa's in vivo herbicide discovery platforms (GALAXY, TARGET, SELECT).
The fundamental effect herbicides have on plant biochemistry is called the mode of action. After spraying, weeds are controlled by a cascade of biochemical events that generate various symptoms of abnormal growth and development.
moa, the crop protection discovery company, announced today the completion of their £6.3m ($8m) Series A round. This follows the successful launch of the company in 2018 and the development of its unique crop protection discovery platforms.
moa has secured funding of £6.3m ($8m) to develop its unique in vivo herbicide discovery platforms GALAXY, TARGET and SELECT.
Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri) is an aggressive broadleaved weed that has become a severe problem in crops such as cotton, maize and soybeans across the US.
Baroness Nicola Blackwood, UK Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Innovation, met the moa team when she officially opened the Oxford BioEscalator.
Blackgrass (Alopecurus myosuroides) resistance has plagued cereal growing in Northern Europe since the early 1980s. In the UK it is reckoned that resistant populations exist on virtually all farms where any blackgrass herbicide has been used regularly.
moa has announced the appointment of David Scott, a highly experienced crop protection industry executive as Head of Business Development. David completes the senior management team at moa.