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Hilltop Bio Accepted into Ag Startup Engine Portfolio

AMES, Iowa, July 2023Ag Startup Engine, a premier seed program for agricultural startups, is thrilled to announce its latest addition to the line-up of portfolio companies, Hilltop Bio. Hilltop Bio is a veterinary biotech company developing innovative, custom-engineered regenerative therapies focused on helping horses and dogs reduce inflammation from injuries or disease.

Hilltop Bio's groundbreaking regenerative therapies are set to revolutionize veterinary medicine by providing advanced solutions that diminish inflammation, accelerate healing time, minimize scar tissue formation, and lower reinjury rates. Through their cutting-edge therapies, Hilltop Bio empowers veterinarians to deliver state-of-the-art treatments that are both user-friendly and affordable for their patients.

"We are very pleased to be a part of Ag Startup Engine,” said Amanda Drobnis, CEO of Hilltop Bio. “Their expertise in the agricultural sector, access to funding, and mentorship is what attracted our team to ASE and we are looking forward to working with them for our future development!”

With the addition of Hilltop Bio to the portfolio, Ag Startup Engine further solidifies its position as a leading supporter of ag startups. The program continues to foster innovation and growth within the agricultural sector, empowering entrepreneurs to bring transformative solutions to market.

“It was a great experience diving into the business case with Amanda and her scientific and business advisors,” said Joel Harris, Executive Director of the Ag Startup Engine. “Their expertise and insights were invaluable and I'm excited to see what comes next for Hilltop Bio.”

For more information about Hilltop Bio please visit their website at


About Ag Startup Engine:

Ag Startup Engine was launched six years ago to help address two fundamental gaps that prevent agricultural startups and entrepreneurs from being more successful: early seed-stage investment and organized mentorship from successful entrepreneurs. The program recently announced closing of their second fund with the goal to accept and invest in 45 agriculture and animal health startups in the next five years.

About Hilltop Bio:

Hilltop Bio is a veterinary biotech company developing innovative, custom engineered regenerative therapies focused on helping our four-legged friends reduce inflammation from injuries or disease. The company’s strategy is to identify key inflammatory conditions in horses and companion animals and produce targeted regenerative therapies to help reduce inflammation and normalize the damaged tissue function. Hilltop Bio has developed a strong pipeline of innovative therapies within cGMP/cGTP manufacturing standards, and has a growing intellectual property portfolio across many therapeutic classes.

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