Accelerating Pheronym: Bringing the first nematode pheromones to the market

The IndieBio accelerator experience made us realize that the accelerators have a unique function as a catalyst to bring the barriers down for biotech startups. Briefly, accelerators are short-term programs that can provide funds (very important), a network of investors, customers, business mentors and many other intangible perks. Furthermore, it can synergize with the other startup programs such as incubators and mentorship programs. Accelerator networks and support can last long after the program is over. Surprisingly, no two accelerators are alike. The ones we have participated in and the ones we plan to participate in are quite different. The way they are run, the things they offer, and the stages they support are all different. For example, IndieBio accelerator (San Francisco, CA) was the first accelerator we participated in while we were at the UF Innovate the HUB. It was a 4.5-month seed stage accelerator program with a wet lab space, science and business mentors, and $250K investment funding. At the end of the program, there was a highly publicized pitch event. For us, the accelerator lab space and funding synergized with the USDA-SBIR Phase I to develop our first dispersal pheromone prototype (NemaStim) and conduct proof of concept trials.

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Pheronym is a Finalist in 2018 Sacramento Region Innovation Awards

Sacramento Region Innovation Awards Names 2018 Finalists – Winners Revealed November 1

Pheronym is one of the 3 finalists in the Food and Agriculture area.

Twenty-one FINALISTS have been named in the third annual SACRAMENTO REGION INNOVATION AWARDS.

Join the celebration! WINNERS will be revealed during the AWARDS LUNCHEON on Thursday, November 1, 2018, at the Hilton Sacramento Arden West. Tickets, tables, and sponsorships are now available. Early bird discounts end Oct 10th. REGISTER HERE

Learn about the 2018 FINALISTS here: http://bit.ly/2DeI8hX

A special “Innovation of the Year” award for Wide Open Walls — a Sacramento-based arts and mural festival founded by David Sobon in 2015 — will spotlight innovation beyond business and technology and recognize the important link between cultural values and thriving economic markets. Past recipients honored for having a broad and profound impact on the greater Sacramento innovation community include Golden 1 Center and the University of California, Davis. Keep reading

The very best agri-tech innovations

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“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