Incubating Pheronym: The first nematode pheromone company

We have successfully completed the proof of concept trials for our first product, Nemastim, which is now ready for customer demonstrations. We could not have done any of it without entrepreneurial catalysts: mentorship programs, incubators, and accelerators. In biology, enzymes are biological catalysts that lower the high energy barrier in a reaction. Enzymes lower the activation energy to speed up the reactions. Incubators, accelerators, and mentorship programs are entrepreneurial catalysts. They speed up technology development by lowering barriers such as funds, infrastructure, keep reading.

Germinare Agro

Our co-founder Karl C. Schiller is listening to Brazilian farmers’ problems and presenting our exciting technology for agricultural pest control in Fresno, CA. We would like to thank Germinare for organizing this event and giving Karl an opportunity to talk to Brazilian farmers. 

 

 

Pheronym is one of 33 synthetic biology companies just raised in 2018 Q2

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SynBioBeta’s 2018 Q2 funding update: The last quarter saw the biggest funding for synthetic biology for any three-month period in history.

The year started on a record-setting pace, with 27 synthetic biology companies raising $650 million in private and public funding in Q1. That was twice the amount raised in the same period last year. Then Q2 came along and beat it in every metric: 33 companies raised $925 million, up by a factor of 4 from last year.

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Presenting Pheronym’s technology to Limagrain CEO and Board of directors

It was very exciting to present our technology to Limagrain CEO and Board of directors at HM Clause UC-Davis Life Science Innovation Center.  We had 40 board of directors came from France to visit to see HM Clause facility in Davis.

Nemastim: how we use it to improve the efficacy of the beneficial nematodes which are used as a biological control agent to control insect pests. We showed live emerging beneficial nematodes from consumed insect host cadaver.

They are really remarkable.  The insect you see is not insect anymore.  It is actually full of beneficial nematodes.

 

NEMATODES IN SPACE

PHERONYM WINS GRANT FOR ECO -FRIENDLY PEST CONTROL FOR INTERSTELLAR AGRICULTURE

Bio-Remediation Solution Will Improve Agriculture on Earth and Beyond

ALACHUA, Florida and DAVIS, California – June 21, 2018 – Pheronym, a bio-ag-tech pest control company, has received the Florida-Israel Innovation Partnership Award for its nematode focused pest control solution.   The $300,000 award will help the company conduct field tests of its proprietary eco-friendly solution with a variety of produce to determine its efficacy for use by astronauts in the future colonization of the Moon and Mars, as well as for applications here on earth.

“It might seem strange that you might need pest control in outer space – but you can’t 100% eliminate the risk of contamination,” said Dr. Fatma Kaplan, CEO of Pheronym.  “Nematodes, also called roundworms, are present in every ecological niche and infect insects, plants, and humans. Our ability to manage and control them will increase the chance for successful agriculture whether it’s on Mars or here on Earth.”

“Pheronym’s innovative approach to bio-remediation is cost-effective, practical and friendly to the environment and humans,” said Tony Gannon of the Florida-Israel Innovation Partnership Awards.  “We see amazing benefits to improving agriculture here on Earth and are hopeful the solution can be just as effective for agriculture in space as we begin to explore our solar system and beyond.”

About Pheronym

Pheronym is an ag-biotech pest control company which enables pesticide-free farming.  The company’s bio-remediation process uses a new pheromone to control plant-parasitic nematodes (microscopic roundworms) as an eco-friendly way and also to eliminate pest insects.  Learn more at https://www.pheronym.com.

About the Florida-Israel Innovation Partnership Award

The Florida‐Israel Innovation Partnerships program purpose is the promoting of greater R&D in Aerospace and related technologies. Eligible R&D Projects must stimulate generation and development of new or significantly improved products or processes for commercialization in global markets.  Learn more at http://www.spaceflorida.gov/page/call-for-projects.

Links to Press release at EIN Preswire

Links to Space Florida-Israeli Partnership Press Release

Group behavior and chemical signaling as drivers for entomopathogenic nematode foraging and infection dynamics

This is a multi-institutional $500K grant which is awarded by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) – National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) – Agriculture Food and Research Initiative (AFRI) Pests and Beneficial Species in Agricultural Production Systems for the next 2.5 years.  It is titled: “Group behavior and chemical signaling as drivers for entomopathogenic nematode foraging and infection dynamics”.

The institutions include Pheronym (Dr. Fatma Kaplan), USDA-ARS in Georgia and Florida (Drs. David Shapiro and Hans Alborn), the University of Georgia (Dr. Paul Schliekelman) and the University of Idaho (Dr. Ed Lewis). We at Pheronym are very excited to be part of this great team to identify the signals to increase entomopathogenic nematode (EPN) market share in biocontrol market for sustainable and eco-friendly food production by increasing their efficacy and reliability of EPNs.

These awards are competitive grants with a funding rate of 5-10% of the applications.