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MicroMGx | Startup-In-Residence


Each year, 30% of crops lost are due to weeds. Largely, these losses are due because these weeds have become herbicide resistant due to the overuse of current herbicides. In the last 35 years, no broad-spectrum herbicide with a new mechanism of action has been discovered. That's where MicroMGx comes in. They saw a need in this area and developed a naturally-produced herbicide that solves the global weed problem. MicroMGx is a Startup-In-Residence at The Combine, an AgTech startup incubator.

MicroMGx created MGX 1001 a naturally-produced herbicide designed to defeat herbicide-resistant weeds and help farmers dramatically reduce their crop loss due to weeds. The MGx technology has been centered around harnessing the power of the world's best chemist: microbes.

Their mission is to accelerate the discovery of new chemistry from nature that can enrich and extend human life. In the end, their vision is that all undiscovered compounds produced by microbes will be identified and made accessible to life science and R&D organizations around the world.

MicroMGx was co-founded in 2015 by Northwestern Professors Neil Kelleher and Regan Thomson, and the University of Illinois Professor William Metcalf. This team is hard at work to develop the largest functional library of natural products to facilitate a new pipeline of chemical matter into pharmaceutical testing.

We are proud to have this team be a part of The Combine Incubator. To learn more about MicroMGx visit:


What is The Combine?

Invest Nebraska's Combine Incubator is a statewide initiative focused on supporting high-growth agri-food entrepreneurs through mentoring, commercialization support, physical incubation space on Nebraska's Innovation Campus, and a network of helping farmers and ranchers across the state. Invest Nebraska is a private, non-profit statewide venture development organization focused on high-growth companies in Nebraska and growing the state's entrepreneurial economy. Invest Nebraska works directly with entrepreneurs, researchers, and companies to help commercialize their technologies, launch and grow new businesses, and access needed capital.

Thank You To All of The Combine's Generous Sponsors:

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