Find Your Solution

Certis Biologicals and SDS Biotech K.K. Join Forces to Develop Biological Crop Protection Solutions

Release Date : March 12, 2024

Strategic Partnership Aims to Meet Grower and Industry Needs for Innovative Biological Crop Protection Products 

Columbia, MD, March 11 – With solutions to worldwide challenges in the agriculture sector in their sights, two leading biologicals companies have forged a strategic alliance to help bring biological crop protection products to growers faster and more efficiently. Certis Biologicals and SDS Biotech K.K. announce a collaboration agreement for the development and commercialization of agricultural biological products.

The partnership combines SDS Biotech's expertise in the research, development and production of agricultural solutions with Certis’ proficiency in developing, commercializing and bringing biocontrol products to market. Their combined goal is to uncover solutions to the evolving challenges growers and the agricultural industry face. 

"By leveraging our respective resources, we aim to accelerate the development and delivery of biological solutions to farmers globally," said Mike Allan, Vice President, Business Development and Licensing, Certis Biologicals. "We are laser-focused on meeting the needs of our growers, and we are excited to embark on this journey with SDS Biotech."

The collaboration builds on existing initiatives from both organizations to grow the biologicals market with efficient and sustainable solutions for farmers that will enhance crop protection and yields in years to come. 

"Together with Certis Biologicals, we are committed to creating more efficient, effective and sustainable products for growers," said Keisuke Sekino, Director and General Manager of Research and Development Division, SDS Biotech. "We are poised to make significant strides in addressing the evolving needs of the agricultural community."

Ahead of the increased focus on product development, Certis Biologicals expanded its research facilities in Wasco, California, and Columbia, Maryland. New equipment, technology and personnel at these locations have increased Certis’ capacity for evaluating product performance and generating new formulations.

In parallel, SDS Biotech strengthened its focus on research and product development following a 2022 merger with Idemitsu Kosan’s Agri-Bio Business Department, aligning its organizational missions to contribute to sustainable food production.

About Certis Biologicals

For more than 20 years, Certis Biologicals has been a pioneer in the field of biological crop protection products. With a proven, broad portfolio of solutions for organic and conventional production, Certis Biologicals has the answers growers need in today’s dynamic markets. Certis Biologicals is a leader in commercializing new product innovations in biocontrol to solve tomorrow’s agricultural issues. To learn more about Certis Biologicals and their portfolio of proven solutions, visit 

About SDS Biotech

Since 1968, SDS Biotech K.K. has led the research and development of agrochemicals to create superior products with safety and sustainability at the forefront. Their solutions are used across a wide range of agricultural fields, including rice cultivation, fruit trees and vegetables. They are committed to supporting agriculture in Japan and globally through an integrated approach to operations in the agricultural chemical business, spanning from research and development to manufacturing and sales.

for media inquiries

Matilda Mel

follow us: