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EQT Ventures leads USD 15 million seed round for Origin.Bio

Photo: Jens Klein, Origin.Bio’s Foun­der & CEO, flan­ked by Team EQTV
2. June 2021

June 02, 2021 — Today, Origin.Bio announ­ced its $15m Series Seed, led by EQT Ventures with parti­ci­pa­tion from exis­ting inves­tor BlueY­ard Capi­tal, Taavet Hinri­kus and Sten Tamviki, Inven­tures, Acequia Capi­tal, and Char­lie Song­hurst. Origin.Bio is a next-gene­r­a­­tion synthe­tic biology company that repli­ca­tes and impro­ves ingre­dients from tradi­tio­nal chemi­cal indus­tria­liz­a­tion proces­ses, freeing manu­fac­tu­rers from petro­che­mi­cal depen­dency. — DLA Piper advi­sed EQT Ventures on its invest­ment in Munich-based start-up Origin.Bio in a $15 million seed round.

Since its foun­ding in 2021, Origin.Bio, a synthe­tic biology company, has been connec­ting bioen­gi­neers with nature. It produ­ces synthe­tic micro­or­ga­nisms that can produce many of the same subs­tan­ces that tradi­tio­nal chemi­cal indus­try proces­ses do today, but with signi­fi­cantly lower energy use and waste genera­tion and avoiding petro­leum chemi­cals. The company provi­des the link between R&D‑focused insti­tu­ti­ons and manu­fac­tu­rers and incre­a­sed climate-focu­­sed innovation.

EQT Ventures is the venture capi­tal fund of the Swedish private equity fund EQT Part­ners. EQT Ventures invests in fast-growing, inno­va­tive and tech­­no­­logy-driven compa­nies in all sectors world­wide, with a focus on Europe and the US.

Advi­sors to EQT Ventures: DLA Piper
Led by Part­ner Andreas Füch­sel (Private Equity/M&A), Part­ner Semin O (Liti­ga­tion & Regu­la­tory), Coun­sel Kaja Herr­mann (Labor Law), Senior Asso­ciate Phil­ipp Groll (Private Equity/M&A) and Asso­cia­tes Alex­an­der Rösch (Liti­ga­tion & Regu­la­tory), Johan­nes Klug (Labor Law, all Frank­furt) and Jessica Herr­mann (Corpo­rate, Munich).

About DLA Piper

DLA Piper is one of the world’s leading commer­cial law firms, with offices in more than 40 coun­tries in Africa, Asia, Austra­lia, Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America. In Germany, DLA Piper is repre­sen­ted by more than 250 lawy­ers at its offices in Frank­furt, Hamburg, Colo­gne and Munich. In certain juris­dic­tions, this infor­ma­tion may be consi­de­red attor­ney adver­ti­sing. For more infor­ma­tion, visit: www.dlapiper.com

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