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SCA Investment:
Vive Crop Protection Formulations Aim to Reduce Environmental Impact

The SCA’s recent investment in Toronto-based Vive Crop Protection will help the company bring its innovative products to market. Vive’s formulations are designed to give producers the ability to increase crop yields safely while reducing the use of petroleum-based additives in crop protection products.

 “We are looking forward to working with Vive as they continue to develop their technology for different pest and weed uses within the agricultural sector and move products into the marketplace over the next few years,” said Dr. Murray McLaughlin, president and CEO of the SCA.

Traditional crop protection products use a wide range of formulants, surfactants, emulsifiers and other chemicals around the active ingredient to help with delivery into the plant or other target. Vive’s patented delivery mechanism replaces this wide range of chemicals by encapsulating the active ingredient inside a tiny ball. These small capsules are made out of biodegradable or bio-inert polymers.

Although Vive’s primary focus is the crop protection industry, its technology is applicable to wide range of active ingredients for other industries such as consumer products, industrial chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

Keith Thomas Keith Thomas
Vive Crop Protection CEO
 “Getting an investment from the SCA provides tremendous validation of our technology for the crop protection industry, from both a technology perspective and a sustainability perspective,” said Keith Thomas, Vive’s president and CEO. He said the depth of experience in SCA’s board of directors will be important to the company in the future. “We will have access to a network of contacts and the experience that they bring as we build our company.”

Thomas said SCA’s investment, along with funds from other investors, will help Vive to build on its successful trial experience and development agreements with large well known chemical companies around the world. “Our goal is to convert those development agreements into commercial agreements in 2012 and ready our products for the marketplace.”

Vive has formulated about two dozen active ingredients so far. Its technology platform addresses challenges such as hard water problems and has the potential to reduce the amount of water required for application. The formulation can be used to modify the solubility for soil applications and to keep the products from entering the water table.


Vive Crop Protection

A privately held company based in Toronto, Vive Crop Protection researches and commercializes formulations of active ingredients for crop protection and other applications. Founded out of the University of Toronto’s chemistry department in 2006, Vive now has two locations in Toronto and one in Guelph. The company has 24 employees and has collaborated with universities such as Guelph, McGill, Western Ontario and Alberta. It has clients in the United States, Europe and India.

Vive Crop Protection

A privately held company based in Toronto, Vive Crop Protection researches and commercializes formulations of active ingredients for crop protection and other applications. Founded out of the University of Toronto's chemistry department in 2006, Vive now has two locations in Toronto and one in Guelph. The company has 24 employees and has collaborated with universities such as Guelph, McGill, Western Ontario and Alberta. It has clients in the United States, Europe and India.

Winter 2011/12 - SusChemAlliance - Page 2
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