Pivot Bio’s Karsten Temme: Using biology to make sustainable fertilizer

Dr. Karsten Temme, co-founder and CEO of Pivot Bio, will join the SOSV Climate Tech Summit (Oct. 20-21) to share the company’s vision on supporting sustainable, productive, and resilient farms. Register now. It’s free.

Most corn, wheat, and rice cultures make use of synthetic nitrogen, produced via the Haber–Bosch process, designed over 100 years ago. While it has helped feed the world for a long time, it has many downsides, including high energy intensity and greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, synthetic fertilizer—a $197 billion global market—is the leading cause of crop-related greenhouse gasses, depleted soils, and harm to water supplies and fisheries.

Following its $430M series D, Pivot Bio is on a mission to make agriculture cleaner. Its technology eliminates the adverse effects of synthetic nitrogen and could prevent $200 billion in environmental damage over the next decade, all while delivering consistent yields and profits for farmers in the face of a volatile climate. The company introduced the first commercial microbial nitrogen in 2019 and has replaced synthetic nitrogen on more than one million crop acres in 2021 alone—more than five times the size of New York City.

Register now to hear insights from Dr. Temme.


Dr. Karsten Temme, CEO, Pivot Bio

Moderator: Sophie Purdom, Co-founder, Climate Tech VC

The SOSV Climate Tech Summit is taking place online on October 20-21. It is a gathering to support Climate Tech innovators and investors across all sectors.