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Arca Biotech, from the Arca Real holding company, raises US$ 4 million to take its own atom separation technology applied to agriculture to the health area; research is carried out by Harvard University
Electromagnetic waves capable of rearranging atoms so that the new set is more “comfortable” for a specific purpose. The proposal, which looks more like a plot inherited from science fiction, is already a reality for a Brazilian company with a strong inclination towards agribusiness, Efatha.
The proprietary technology created by technology professional Luzo Dantas Junior, called Effatha Technology, was split up to give rise to eight different companies, today incorporated into Arca Real, a holding company that serves a mix of sectors as diverse as their applications – from agriculture to basic sanitation, food and beverages and human health.
The holding companies
- Effatha Agro
- Biotech Ark
- Effatha Digital
- Effatha Crop Protection
- Effatha InVitro Diagnostics
- Efatha Human Health
- Effatha Animal Health
- Effatha Food & Beverages
Among Arca Real’s most prominent businesses is the company dedicated exclusively to agribusiness, Effatha Agro. On this front, it already has customers in Brazil, Colombia and Paraguay and trials are underway in 12 other countries, from small farmers to large industries in the sector that apply atom-splitting technology for better harvests.
How technology works
Effatha’s solution consists in the separation (or grouping) of atoms, the basic unit for the constitution of all matter existing on the planet. To be clearer, in practice, by emitting waves with specific frequencies, the company’s technology is able to reorganize the constitution of atoms, changing the configuration of an element.
In agribusiness, for example, this is done with the help of satellites that work by geolocation and affects crops with greater ease in absorbing some nutrients from the soil, less pesticides and, consequently, better harvests, explains Rodrigo Lovato, co-founder and CMO of Ephatha Technology.
In all, more than 100,000 hectares are served by Effatha Agro, with emphasis on the planting of soybeans in Brazil. “Our client portfolio is basically everyone involved in the agricultural world,” he says.
Marcelo Leonessa, Luzo Dantas Junior and Rodrigo Lovato, partners at Arca Real (Effatha Agro/Disclosure)
To bring agricultural technology to other areas with similar potential, Arca Biotech, the holding’s human health division, just raised 4 million dollars. The investment comes from the Brazilian fund WinCapital, and intends to take the logic of atoms to the treatment of patients with brain cancer and breast cancer.
At this first moment, the investment will serve to accelerate development research in phases that precede clinical application, such as in vitro and animal tests. The work will be carried out by scientists at the Massachusetts Hospital, linked to the Harvard University.
The rationale behind the application follows that of agribusiness, but with the difference of limiting the exacerbated multiplication of cancer cells, specifically tumors that affect the brain and breasts. In place of the satellites used above the crops, rings and other “wearable” accessories will be responsible for emitting the frequencies to the human body.
“This research period is expected to take three years. Then we must capture again to accelerate this on a large scale”, says Marcelo Leonessa, CEO of Effatha Technology.
The future of the Royal Ark
Even with the success in agribusiness — the expectation is to earn R$ 50 million in the next harvest, which ends in April — the holding company’s effort will be to verticalize the technology for all business areas served by the companies of the group — which includes veterinary service companies to water, sanitation and energy companies.
Scaling the business, however, does not depend only on the good performance of the agribusiness. On the contrary. Due to long harvest cycles, the technology demonstration period that Effatha offers to farmers ends up delaying the company’s scale speed, since the service indications happen by word of mouth.
The challenge lies in diversification, says the CEO. “Now, we are going to grow in terms of number of clients, variety of cultures and sectors. Future years should be very promising. Without a doubt, this year will be a milestone, as applications are endless”.