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Robotics firm raises $11.75 million

Harvest Automation Inc., a Billerica company that makes robotic systems designed to cut costs and improve efficiency at commercial nurseries and greenhouses, said that it has closed an $11.75 million round in Series C financing.

The round was led by Mousse Partners Limited. Existing investors Life Sciences Partners, Cultivian, Founder Collective, Entrée Capital, and MassVentures participated in the round, Harvest Automation said in a press release. The firm has raised $25 million to date.

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According to the release, the funds will be used to further commercialize Harvest’s first product, the HV-100, a robotic system being used in commercial nurseries and greenhouses.

In a statement, company chief executive John Kawola said: “We are seeing strong product validation with first customers and are excited to continue our efforts to bring smart, mobile, adaptive robotics into agriculture, a market that is not only large in scale, but could significantly benefit by deploying automation to work alongside people.”

Chris Reidy can be reached at reidy@globe.com.
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