Pluton Biosciences Accepted into Plug and Play AgTech Accelerator

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St. Louis-based biotech company Pluton Biosciences has been accepted into Plug and Play Tech Center’s (Plug and Play) AgTech accelerator program. Plug and Play is the world’s largest early-stage investor, accelerator, and corporate innovation platform with global headquarters in Silicon Valley, California and more than 30 locations worldwide.

Founded 15 years ago, Plug and Play invests in over 250 startups a year, boasting connections to 300 of the world’s most influential venture capitalists. Plug and Play was an early investor in such innovative and well-known companies as Google, PayPal, Dropbox, and Zoosk.

Plug and Play hosts more than 50 industry-themed accelerator programs per year (each lasting 12 weeks) and provides startups of all stages and sizes with opportunities to meet mentors, venture capitalists, and angel investors, plus build a pipeline of corporate clients, define their business strategies, pitch at events throughout the year, participate in private deal sessions, and leverage the program’s impressive global network.

“We are excited to join the Plug and Play accelerator. Besides expanding our network into the Silicon Valley investing community, Plug and Play gives Pluton a chance to refine our commercialization strategy for our eco-friendly crop protection and bio-stimulant products,” said Pluton CEO Charlie Walch. We look forward to meeting one-on-one with some top industry leaders in agriculture.”


Pluton is a microbial testing and discovery research company dedicated to finding unique microbes to replace synthetic chemical applications in agriculture and pest control with eco-friendly natural products. Pluton uses Micro-mining, its high-throughput microbial discovery platform, to identify and isolate novel bacteria, fungi, and viruses within months and not years, which dramatically improves R&D throughput for AgTech companies and producers of pesticides.

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