HudsonAlpha welcomes Chonex to biotech campus

New resident associate company helps farmers build a more sustainable food supply, heal and regenerate topsoil

The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is excited to welcome Chonex to its campus this fall. 

Chonex, dba StrongSoil, is a soil health company that restores health to degraded soil by adding microbes that are essential to higher yields and growing nutrient-dense crops with fewer chemical inputs.

“Joining the HudsonAlpha biotech campus was a no-brainer,” said Micheal Lynch, MBA, CEO and Co-Founder of Chonex. “This is aplace full of life science entrepreneurs and businesses that are cutting edge and changing the industry. The culture of collaboration that HudsonAlpha has nurtured will help our business as we continue to grow and take our product to the marketplace.” 

StrongSoil is a leader in soil restoration because it adds millions of beneficial live-microbes per milliliter at the time of application.

“To improve the human condition around the world is core to our mission at HudsonAlpha,” said Alex Cate, Director of Entrepreneurship Programs for HudsonAlpha. “This is one of the reasons we are so glad to welcome our newest associate company to campus, Chonex. Their work with regenerating topsoil is a clear fit with HudsonAlpha’s research focus on sustainable agriculture.”

HudsonAlpha offers a growing biotech hub to small companies and start-ups by providing access to outside experts, marketing direction, and strategic networking opportunities. More than 45 life science associate companies and over 1,000 employees call the HudsonAlpha campus home and collaborate with the nonprofit researchers to solve some of the world’s most pressing health issues. 

HudsonAlpha has generated over $2.5 billion in economic impact for the state of Alabama and continues to help grow Huntsville’s reputation as the biotech hub of the South. If you are interested in relocating your company to the HudsonAlpha campus, contact the Economic Development team at  

HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is a nonprofit organization. All associate companies on the HudsonAlpha campus are independently owned and operated.