Harnessing the incredible power of micropeptides.
Our mission is to protect the future of agriculture. We are developing the next generation of biological crop protection solutions based on the incredible potential of micropeptides; short natural peptide molecules that target and regulate plant genes and proteins.
Our discovery platform blends artificial intelligence, computer science, plant biology and peptide biochemistry to select and produce the best micropeptide candidates amongst billions. Our current pipeline targets resistant pathogens and weeds threatening major crops throughout the world. Coming out of research, our first lead peptides are now entering development.
We are committed to working with like-minded partners across the globe to revolutionise crop protection. We are building a unique network of leading international partners to work with us on multiple topics from micropeptide production to commercialization.
We’re revolutionizing crop protection with our unique and proprietary micropeptide technology. Finding peptides with activity on plant development is not something new. But so far none of them have been turned into efficient and affordable products. Micropep is the only company in the world that can rapidly identify and develop functional micropeptide products for agriculture.
Micropeptides are short natural peptide molecules, typically made of 10 to 20 amino-acids, that target and regulate plant genes or proteins. miPEPs is one example of micropeptides that are produced by plant cells to regulate the expression of their microRNAs, which are themselves key regulators of physiological functions. As they naturally rapidly degrade in soils, micropeptides are safe for humans and the environment.
Our scientists use artificial intelligence to identify and prioritize potential RNA or protein targets before selecting the best potential natural micropeptide sequences regulating these targets. Micropeptides candidates are then tested in our screening pipelines to select the most efficient ones for the next stage. The best leads are qualified and optimized for better stability, penetrability and producibility properties before being validated in field conditions.
Micropep is a French biotech firm, based in the heart of Toulouse. The company was founded in 2016 as a spin-off of “LRSV”, a Plant Research Laboratory at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and Toulouse University, a centre of excellence in AgriTech. The Micropep we know today came to fruition after an initial $5m Seed funding round in 2018 followed by a $10m series A in 2021. Now, Micropep continues its mission to secure the future of food and plans to open Series B funding in 2022-23.