Entomology 2021 Annual Meeting

Dr. Kaplan is invited to speak at the session “Entomopathogenic Nematode Signaling and Behavioral Ecology Translates into Improved Sustainable Insect Management On-Demand Presentations” organized by Dr. Ivan Hiltpold Senior Entomologist Plant ProtectionAgroscope Nyon, Vaud, Switzerland and Dr. David Shapiro-Ilan Research Leader at the SE Fruit and Tree Nut Research Station USDA-ARS, Byron, Georgia.


BPIA Women in Biological Agriculture Webinar

Dr. Kaplan, our CEO, is honored to speak at the Women in Biological Agriculture webinar for the Biological Products Industry Alliance.

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BPIA is dedicated to fostering continued improvements to the biological products regulatory process.


This free webinar for representatives of BPIA member companies will profile women making a difference in biological agriculture.

Join us on October 25, 2021, at 12 pm PST (3:00 pm EDT) to learn more about the women making a difference in agriculture.

The meta-startup Activating climate scientist-entrepreneurs

Thank you, Sophie Purdom and Kim Zou for this great article about Activate, Activate fellowship and the startups including Pheronym.

Ilan Gur, founder, and CEO of Activate, puts it best: “technical ideas aren’t the limiting factor to impacting global change. The binding constraint is the lack of opportunity for an enormous pool of talented scientists to go all-in on commercializing their ideas.”

Activate’s climate cohorts

With more than 100 Activate Fellows over 7 years, Activate supports scientists working across sectors, from energy to ag to defense, to commercialize hard-tech innovations, many of which are climate tech solutions. Over the next five years, Activate plans to expand to 100 new fellows per year, most of whom will focus on climate change.

🌱 Food & Ag: Circe Bioscience (CO2 to fats), Nitricity (renewable nitrogen fertilizer production), Perlumi (better seeds), Pheronym (non-toxic pest management)Takachar (transforming waste biomass), Trophic (seaweed-based protein), ZestBio (food waste into products).

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Water for Food Global Forum

Panel: Women Innovators Working to Solve Farming Challenges

Dr. Kaplan is part of a new generation of startups led by women, with a diversity of backgrounds and ethnicities, seeking to provide novel perspectives and solutions to agriculture’s problems with tech innovation.


Join us on October 14, 2021, at 7:00 am PST for a moderated discussion and audience Q+A!

Register here

Grow-NY Startups Pioneer Food and Ag Innovations

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From fully autonomous berry harvesters to plant-based lupini bean protein bars, the startups competing for $3 million in prize money at this year’s Grow-NY Food and Agriculture Competition are bringing revolutionary innovations to the market.

Ten of this year’s finalists have connections to the Cornell community, including: Pheronym (Davis, California): Advised by Pam Marrone ‘78, former staff and Board of Trustees member, Pheronym is using pheromones to control the behavior and development of microscopic roundworms called nematodes, offering a nontoxic path for farmers as they transition away from conventional pesticides.

A Summit Showcase with services for startups and awards ceremony will be held Nov. 16-17 at the Syracuse Oncenter, and available to stream virtually. Keep Reading


Pheronym is Grow-NY Finalist!

We are excited to share that Pheronym has been selected as a finalist in the unprecedented food and agriculture competition, Grow-NY! The competition received more than 330 applications from 32 countries, and we are beyond thrilled to be in the top 20. Our journey now begins with preparing our final pitch that we’ll present at the virtual Summit on November 16-17, 2021.

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Embracing women in leadership: Pheronym welcomes Bio-Ag leader Dr. Pam Marrone to the board of directors

Dr. Marrone’s accomplishments have had an extraordinarily positive impact on the agriculture and food industry. Dr. Marrone started three successful, high-impact agricultural natural product companies (Novo Nordisk Entotech, Inc., AgraQuest, Inc., Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc.,) to bring sustainable, eco-friendly pest control to farmers. At AgraQuest,  Keep Reading

Pheronym names bioag industry leader Dr. Pam Marrone to board

Marrone brings decades of agtech scale up experience for Pheronym’s next phase

DAVIS, California – August 24, 2021– Pheronym, a bioag/agtech pest management company, has announced it has added bioag industry leader Dr. Pamela Marrone to its board of directors.  Marrone will be Pheronym’s first external board appointment.  The appointment follows the closing of the Company’s seed funding round in May led by the Sacramento Angels that also included Marrone.

For more than 30 years, Dr. Marrone has been at the forefront of the agtech industry, successfully founding and scaling two bioag companies, Marrone Bio Innovations Inc. (NASDAQ: MBII) and AgraQuest Inc.  She is currently a senior fellow for the Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems at Arizona State University and serves on the Boards of the Foundation for Food and Ag Research, Marrone Bio Innovations and 180 Lifesciences (NASDAQ: ATNF).  She has a B.S. in entomology with Honors and Distinction from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in entomology from North Carolina State University.

“Dr. Marrone’s decades of insights into growing young companies will be a welcome addition to Pheronym’s efforts to scale and commercialize our breakthrough technology,” said Dr. Fatma Kaplan, CEO of Pheronym.

“I’ve supported Pheronym from the very beginning, first as an advisor, then as an investor, so you can say I’ve always been impressed with the potential of their technology to manage difficult pests,” said Dr. Marrone. “Their science and leadership are exemplary, and I look forward to now helping them move to full commercialization in my new role on their board.” Keep reading