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Are early-stage companies better off using non-dilutive funding?

Are early-stage companies better off using non-dilutive funding?

Are early-stage companies better off using non-dilutive funding? Carlos Guiterrez, Larta’s Chief Strategy Officer, thinks so.
On Tuesday, June 21st, Carlos teamed up with USDA/NIFA SBIR Program Coordinator, Scott Dockum, at GAI’s AgTech Week in San Francisco to discuss and demonstrate how SBIR non-dilutive grants are often an overlooked valuable tool for startups seeking to be capital efficient, and how the investment community can take advantage of …

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Far from our shores. Is New Zealand the last frontier?

In May, Rohit Shukla traveled to Auckland, New Zealand as a member of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s delegation to the Tripartite Economic Summit – the second event featuring the sister cities of Los Angeles, Auckland and Guangzhou, China and aimed at setting a new standard for how modern cities can engage and collaborate in the 21st Century.
Rohit, who also spoke at the 2015 inaugural tripartite event in Los Angeles, kicked off …

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Answering the call for keeping America’s innovative economy successful

In October 2014, Rohit Shukla was selected by U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker to serve on the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (fondly referred to as NACIE). The two-year appointment for what is referred to as “NACIE 2.0” is coming to a close this Fall when the council will present their final report to the Commerce Secretary. The council’s goal is to foster a more innovative U.S. economy …

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Woman-owned startup heals teeth from the inside out

Woman-owned startup heals teeth from the inside out

Bradenton, Florida
Carolyn Primus, CEO
Technology: Dental/bioactive cements
Larta Institute: NIH-CAP 2014-2015
We sat down with Carolyn Primus, President of Avalon Biomed and recent alumni of our 2014-2015 NIH CAP, to find out why her company is worth watching.
What does Avalon Biomed do/what is your technology? We are a manufacturer and developer of bioactive materials that induce healing of the tooth pulp, and can help save traumatized teeth from extraction. The bioactive …

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Ginkgo Bioworks Secures $100M Series C

Ginkgo Bioworks Secures $100M Series C


Ginkgo Bioworks
secured $100M this month to expand its synthetic DNA bank by 600 million base pairs – the “largest amount of synthetic DNA ever purchased” according to Ginkgo.
A recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant, Ginkgo is a 2013 graduate of our NSF CAP.
The Boston-based biotech startup combines biology with technology, to efficiently and sustainably
manufacture high-value and high-demand chemicals in …

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Symme3D represents Romania at UberPitch challenge

Symme3D represents Romania at UberPitch challenge

Up and coming startup Symme3D will represent Romania at the innovative pan-European UberPITCH Challenge – an elevator pitch on wheels, where startups present their ideas to investors and seasoned entrepreneurs in the backseat of an Uber trip.
Symme3D has designed and built the first delta based multifunctional platform for 3D printing, laser etching and CNC routing.
“With little to no frame vibration and no resonance, our product has faster print …

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Larta hires first Ag Director

Larta hires first Ag Director

Larta Institute is proud to announce our first Director for our growing agriculture practice, Claire Kinlaw.
Claire joined Larta Institute’s executive team in January as the Director of our Agriculture Practice. Claire brings over two decades of experience in the commercial ag industry. As a plant scientist Claire led applied science projects for 20 years for the USDA where she co-developed a genomic science program for forest trees. Her career with the …

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