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NatureMetrics’ expansion continues with new Southeast Asia base

NatureMetrics, Surrey’s fast-growing global nature intelligence company, is continuing its expansion story with the opening of a new in-country partner laboratory in Indonesia.

The company, which was founded in 2014 and now has 200 employees, announced the addition of a independent testing site in West Java this week (24 June, 2024).

The new lab will enable NatureMetrics to reach new projects in one of the world’s top ‘megadiverse’ countries – opening up its world-leading eDNA service to new and current clients operating in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region.

Those at the company add that it will also strengthen its global reach and better serve companies operating in the area who are striving to reduce their impact and improve reporting on nature.

It marks the continuation of the rapid growth of the business to meet the increasing international demand for biodiversity monitoring services.

Dimple Patel, CEO at NatureMetrics, said:

“Recognising the urgent global call for scalable and meaningful biodiversity monitoring, our expansion into Indonesia signifies a milestone in our ambition to become the world’s leading provider of nature intelligence services globally. We look forward to supporting more organisations in the whole APAC region deliver vital biodiversity insights to support their nature goals.”

NatureMetrics provides an end-to-end biodiversity reporting solution, providing companies with simple insights so that they can make the best decisions for nature and business.

By bringing advanced environmental DNA (eDNA) technology and nature intelligence expertise to Indonesia, it aims to empower local companies with the tools they need to achieve better outcomes for nature and drive sustainable development in the region.

NatureMetrics was founded in 2014 by tropical ecologist Dr Kat Bruce, who is a leading expert in the use of environmental DNA for biodiversity assessment.

In 2021 it announced a £6.5 million Series A investment and relocated to Surrey Research Park in Guildford.

The move helped the company expand from 50 to 70 employees while also scaling up the delivery of biodiversity data to businesses, NGOs and governments using DNA.

It also has a base in North America with a laboratory in Ontario, Canada.

The company is now working with over 500 customers across 100 countries, including Nestle, Tesco, Anglo American and Fauna & Flora.

The expansion into Southeast Asia ‍marks the continuation of a successful 2024 for the company. NatureMetrics was recently selected as a 2024 World Economic Forum (WEF) Technology Pioneer.

This brings together 100 early-stage start-ups from around the world, all working on cutting-edge technologies and innovations, to collaborate with society’s foremost political, business, and cultural leaders on the most pressing issues facing people and the planet.

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