Pivot Bio

Pivot Bio is a synthetic biology company that is fueled by an innovative drive and a deep understanding of the microbiome. It is pioneering game-changing advances in crop nutrition.

Pivot Bio operates as a biotechnology company that provides genome-scale programming of microbes. The company is focused on creating new solutions that makes farming more productive and farms more sustainable, so farmers can pass down their land to future generations.

Pivot Bio was founded in 2010 by Karsten Temme and Alvin Tamsir. The company is headquartered in Berkeley, California.

Pivot Bio has developed a new crop nutrition solution and have built a company to provide sustainable solutions for farmers and improve the health of the planet through scientific innovation.

Pivot Bio's proprietary ON Technology™ harnesses the power of naturally occurring microbes to provide more nutrients to crops. Pivot Bio PROVEN™, the company’s inaugural product for corn, delivers more nitrogen into the crop than synthetic nitrogen aiding in decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, water pollution, and global energy.


Pivot Bio is backed by Data Collective DCVC, Monsanto Growth Ventures (MGV), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Temasek, Breakthrough Energy Ventures among others. The company raised $100M in a Series C round on Apr 30, 2020. This brings Pivot Bio's total funding to $186.7M to date.



  • Year founded: 2010
  • Funding Info: $186.7M over 5 Rounds (Latest Funding Type: SeriesC)
  • Yearly Revenue: $10M-$20M (2019)
  • Employee Size: 51-200
  • Business Valuation: NA
  • City/Town: Berkely
  • State: California
  • Country: United States
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