NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Crop biotechnology firm AgBiome today said it has raised $14.5 million in a Series A financing round.

Polaris Partners led the round and was joined by Arch Venture Partners, Harris & Harris Group, Innotech Advisers, and other strategic investors. The financing will go toward furthering the Research Triangle Park, NC-based firm's R&D efforts and support the launch of its initial products, it said.

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