SGB's platform is significantly enhanced through landmark investments by Thomas, McNerney & Partners, Finistere Ventures, Flint Hills Resources, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Koch Industries Inc., and Life Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: LIFE), a global biotechnology tools company.
Thomas, McNerney & Partners is a venture capital firm that invests in life science companies. Employing a multi-stage investment approach, Thomas, McNerney & Partners has $600 million in assets under management and provides seed and early stage funding to help entrepreneurs launch companies, as well as growth capital to emerging companies for furthering product development or for expansion of product commercialization.
Finistere Ventures is a leading life science venture capital firm based in San Diego, California. The firm's investment strategy is focused on 'Food, Energy and Health' related technologies, with funds focusing on technologies related to agricultural innovation and medical devices and diagnostics. Particular areas of focus include abiotech, agritech, precision agriculture and renewable energy & materials from biomass, as well as medical devices and diagnostics, in areas including cardiovascular, neurological and ophthalmology. Finistere's team is comprised of investment professionals and scientific entrepreneurs with a long history of creating value. http://www.finistereventures.com/
Flint Hills Resources, LLC: is an experienced leader in the processing and handling of petroleum, petrochemicals and ethanol products. This alliance provides strong validation of the global economic opportunity presented by Jatropha and offers the downstream expertise of a petroleum, chemical and biofuel leader.
Thermo Fisher Scientific (NYSE: TMO): is the world leader in serving science, with revenues of $17 billion and approximately 50,000 employees in 50 countries. Their investment and partnership with SGB comes as a result of the acquisition of Life Technologies Corporation, a long-standing strategic investor in SGB.
Our strategic alliance with Bunge North America (NYSE: BG) provides access to the expertise of the largest oilseed processor in the world to research and develop a model to process Jatropha seeds.