Thai Union Group has injected an undisclosed sum in Israeli biotechnology company ViAqua Therapeutics while troubleshooting platform Komodor has raised $21 million in Series A funding.
Thai Union’s VC fund invests in ViAqua Therapeutics
Thai seafood firm Thai Union Group has invested an undisclosed sum in Israeli biotechnology company ViAqua Therapeutics.
Thai Union has made the investment through its own venture fund.
ViAqua develops an orally administered ribonucleic acid-particle platform to improve animal health in aquaculture, according to a statement by Thai Union. ViAqua’s first product is a feed supplement for enhanced health management in shrimp.
“Disease prevention is a primary concern in the aquaculture sector and ViAqua has a promising technology platform to help manage the health of shrimp and other species,” said Thiraphong Chansiri, president and CEO of Thai Union.
“With the investment in ViAqua we are expanding the scope of our venture activities into the adjacent area of biotechnology,” added Patrick Bertalanffy, group strategy director of the Thai seafood major.
Thai Union’s venture fund was established in October 2018 with an initial commitment of $30 million. The fund focuses on early-stage startups in strategic areas of alternative protein, functional nutrition, new technologies along the food value chain, and biotechnology.
Through the vehicle, Thai Union has invested in foodtech VC firm VisVires New Protein, alternative protein startup Flying Spark, Singapore-based diabetes food firm Alchemy Foodtech, the US-based insect tech and e-commerce company Manna Foods Co; and HydroNeo GmbH, an aquaculture technology company based in Germany and Thailand.
Komodor raises $21m in Accel-led round
Tel Aviv-based Komodor, a troubleshooting platform dedicated to Kubernetes, has raised $21 million in a Series A funding round led by US venture capital firm Accel.
Accel has invested in tools for developers and development and operations teams, including Atlassian, Instana, PagerDuty and Sentry.
Other investors participating in the investment in Komodor include repeat investors such as GitHub CTO Jason Warner, Atlassian CTO Sri Viswanath, Snyk co-founder Danny Grander, Logz.io CEO Tomer Levy, among others.
Komodor previously raised $4 million in seed funding from NFX Capital, Pitango First, and OldSlip Group, in May last year.
Kubernetes is an open-source system for automating deployment, scaling, and management of containerised applications. Komodor provides a centralised view of all code, configurations, and third-party app changes across the entire Kubernetes stack.