Nematode pheromones: Pheronym founders told Leanna about our technology, the science behind, where we are in our product development, why we are pursuing it, and how the California startup ecosystem helps us to move forward. Keep reading
“Leading Agri-Tech Innovators
The event will showcase the very best agri-tech innovations across all areas of the industry including seed treatments, virtual fencing and pesticide-free farming.”
“The USA contenders are sure to capture the visitors’ attention with their innovators, some of which include: ”
Pheronym is one of them. Keep reading
Creative companies and minds are set to come together next month, bringing new global solutions to the stage at the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit from 16-17 October in London.
Pheronym is one of the 13 companies to present at the World Agri-tech summit. Keep reading.
The federal government is supporting the groundbreaking work of another biotech startup in Alachua County.
The USDA has awarded a $500,000 grant to Pheronym, which works out of the Sid Martin Biotech Incubator.
Thank you Tim Hammerich for hosting us on Future of Agriculture Podcast and the opportunity to talk about the science behind our nematode bioremediation technology and cost-effective environmentally friendly pest control for farmers.
To listen to the Future of the Agriculture Podcast, click on the link.
Grant will expand the use of company’s
breakthrough nematode bio-remediation technology
DAVIS, California, and ALACHUA, Florida, August 21, 2018 – Pheronym, a bio-ag-tech pest control company, has been awarded a $500,000 USDA-AFRI (United States Department of Agriculture – Agriculture and Food Research Initiative) multi-institutional research grant to expand its breakthrough insect control and nematode bio-remediation technology to other nematode species.
“The grant is further validation that our approach to bio-remediation is a serious, science-based effort towards pesticide-free pest control,” said Dr. Fatma Kaplan, CEO of Pheronym and Co-Project Director. “It’s another positive step to broad commercialization of our technology and Nemastim™ product offering. “
Pheronym uses its proprietary pheromones to control entomopathogenic nematodes (EPNs or beneficial nematodes) for insect pest control and plant-parasitic nematodes, providing farmers with more cost-effective and environmentally friendly pest control.
“I have conducted research on EPNs for over 20 years. Using Pheronym’s chemical signals to enhance nematode dispersal—leading to increased infection in insects—is an extremely exciting concept. I feel it has exceptional promise that we will explore for greatly improving EPNs’ efficacy,” said USDA-ARS partner Dr. David Shapiro-Ilan and Project Director for the grant.
About Pheronym: Pheronym is an ag-biotech pest control company which enables pesticide-free farming, based in ALACHUA, Florida and DAVIS, California. The company’s bio-remediation process uses a new pheromone to control plant-parasitic nematodes (microscopic roundworms) in an eco-friendly way and also beneficial nematodes’ efficacy to eliminate pest insects. Learn more at http://www.pheronym.com.
We are very honored to be a featured speaker at the Inaugural UF-A2i Symposium by Center for Stress Resilient Agriculture at the Straughn IFAS Extension Professional Development Center, Gainesville, FL.
My talk about “Working for startups” at 3 PM on August 15. I had a very enthusiastic group of students and postdocs who had many questions about startups.
Pheronym CEO, Dr. Kaplan, and Lab Manager, Ms. Gentil-Perret, at the A2i Symposium at UF.
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.