PlantLab granted US patent for indoor farming

29 July 2020

Den Bosch, 29 July 2020 – The Dutch company PlantLab was granted its patent for indoor farming technology in the US, bringing the total number of countries where the patent has been granted to 74.

In June 2017, after a formal opposition procedure, the company’s European patent was granted by the European Patent Office (EPO). The US patent goes into effect, retroactively, as of 13 October 2008. PlantLab has already entered into licensing agreements with various parties for the use of its patents and is presently negotiating with several more with regard to licensing.

PlantLab’s patent for indoor farming applies to the method used to control the root/substrate temperature as well as evaporation and crop leaf temperature. Many of the current indoor farming systems are potentially infringing the intellectual property of PlantLab.

Growth capital

Last week, PlantLab announced that it had received an initial investment of € 20 million of growth capital from Hoge Dennen Capital, the investment company founded by the De Rijcke family, the former owners of Kruidvat. PlantLab will use the investment to open indoor production locations in various locations including the Netherlands, the US, and the Bahamas.

Over the last 10 years, PlantLab has succeeded in developing an efficient and breakthrough technology for vertical farming. The new technology makes it possible to grow fresh, healthy, and delicious vegetables on a large scale very close to the consumer without using any chemical crop protection agents.

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About PlantLab

PlantLab specializes in technology for innovative indoor farming, the sustainable food supply chain of the future. The company was founded in 2010 in ‘s-Hertogenbosch with the goal of optimizing the production of food for our planet. Over the last 10 years, the company has invested € 50 million in the development of technology that makes it possible to grow healthy, fresh vegetables which are harvested daily close to the consumer anywhere in the world. These crops are grown in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner without the use of pesticides while at the same time reducing water consumption to an absolute minimum. Enough crops can be grown on an area no larger than two football fields to supply a city of 100,000 residents with 200 grams of fresh vegetables every day. Being that the new technology has the ability to be implemented worldwide, we can radically shorten the traditional supply chain. The benefits include: superior product quality, longer shelf life, less food waste, and minimal CO2 emissions or issues associated with long-distance transport. PlantLab aims to make its technology accessible to all and thus bringing flavourful, fresh and sustainably grown produce to everyone within reach.

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