Non-toxic seed sterilisation.

Zayndu specialises in non-toxic seed sterilisation for the agriculture and horticulture sectors. Other applications for the technology are in “activated water” for markets such as seed priming and hydroponics. Zayndu is a spinout from the University of Loughborough.

Technology & Products.

Zayndu has developed a patented cold-plasma seed sterilising process. It is low-cost, low-energy, non- toxic and suitable for organic cultivation. It improves germination rates without the toxic chemicals or expensive, energy-intensive heating and drying processes used as standard today. Its first product with a capacity of 1kg, suitable for high-value horticultural seeds, is currently in multiple commercial trials. It will launch its 10kg product in Q4.2020 and is developing a high-throughput model for use with cereals. It also has a high-precision version for very high value, delicate seeds (such as tomatoes and peppers).

The Market.

The forecast 2024 market for processed seeds exceeds $90B. Zayndu will be a key equipment supplier to that the addressable market for sterilisation equipment worth $842M/year. Prohibition of key chemicals currently used for sterilisation is underway, driving demand from seed processors for alternatives. Joint- funded trials are underway with 7 producers (5 in the global Top-10), all planning rollout to global production sites. There is no other plasma-based competitor. The Zayndu process replaces traditional chemical-based approaches, many of which are becoming restricted or prohibited, and hot-water/steam processing, which has low efficacy and a high mortality rate for many seed/pathogen pairs.

Business Model.

The business model is equipment sales to seed producers, potentially introducing “pay-per-use” (toll processing) for high value seeds.

Fundraising to july 2020.

£310k including £205k InnovateUK grant. Raising £500k to complete trial programme, complete development of 10kg industrial- scale machine and high-precision machine.

Team.

CEO: Ralph Weir. Successful CEO of venture-backed early- stage and growth technology businesses.
CTO: Dr Alex Shaw. Founder and developer of non-vacuum plasma engineering processing.
Technical Director: Dr Filipe Iza. Co-developer of the plasma processing technology
Contact: Ralph Weir, CEO. R.weir@zayndu.com https://zayndu.com/

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