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Great Plains Microbiology creates investor interest with food safety technology

Oklahoma City microbiology firm looking to grow.
Published: July 16, 2013

The best companies design a product or service with the market and end-users foremost in mind.

That may sound obvious, but it isn't as intuitive as it seems — especially when a startup has amazing intellectual property, as so many of them do.

So when experienced early stage investors, like SeedStep Angels and i2E, meet a new company with a great technology that has built a solution from the outside in, we become interested, very interested.

Great Plains Microbiology of Oklahoma City is just such a company. We recently closed an oversubscribed Series A investment round of $755,000, including a record $400,000 commitment from SeedStep Angels.

Great Plains Microbiology has developed a highly reliable, less costly and more effective way to test for products for common pathogens (for example Salmonella, pathogenic E. coli strains, and Listeria) that cause bacterial infection leading to illness and even death.

The team at Great Plains, led by CEO Cyrus Zegrati, is building advanced food safety testing solutions from technology they developed for use in the clinical molecular diagnostics industry.

“We have a diverse, unique and world-class scientific and operational staff, all from here in Oklahoma,” Zegrati said. “We consulted and collaborated with professors from here and across the country, and relied heavily on input from the food companies that pay for testing. All of our research and development is geared toward making something people want and creating a better product than is out there right now.”

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Every year 48 million people in the U.S., about one in six people, get sick from eating contaminated food.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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