Pheronym Presenting at ACS Fall 2023 Chemical Angel Network

Pheronym’s co-founder Karl Schiller will present our technology at ACS Fall 2023: Chemical Angel Network: Investing in Chemical Businesses, organized by the Chemical Angel Network in San Francisco, California, on August 15, 2023.

The event will showcase updates from the Chemical Angel Network as well as presentations from various companies in the chemical industry. 

Pheronym is honored to be among the few selected presenters at this event.

Join us in person from 2:00 to 5:00pm in Hall B/C at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco on August 15, 2023.

Pheronym lands $1 million National Science Foundation SBIR Phase II grant

This second NSF Grant will fund the final steps to scaling the commercialization of the company’s patented nematode pheromone extract for crop biocontrol 

Woodland, California – July 11, 2023– Pheronym, an ag-biotech pest management company, has been awarded a second non-dilutive National Science Foundation (NSF) SBIR for $1 Million.  The grant will fund the final steps to scaling commercial manufacturing of their sustainable, eco-, and climate-friendly approach to pest control. The target pests include Thrips, a globally important pest that developed resistance to chemical pesticides. Other target pests include orchard pests like thrips, pecan weevil, citrus weevil, peachtree borer, appletree borer, and turfgrass pests such as leatherjackets and white grubs.  To date, Pheronym has been awarded $1M in non-dilutive grants for their breakthrough work in enhancing crop biocontrol with Nematodes.   

Once a small business is awarded a Phase I SBIR/STTR grant (up to $275,000), it becomes eligible to apply for a Phase II (up to $1,000,000). Small businesses with Phase II funding are eligible to receive up to $500,000 in additional matching funds with qualifying third-party investment or sales. All proposals submitted to the NSF SBIR/STTR program, also known as America’s Seed Fund powered by NSF, undergo a rigorous merit-based review process.

“After years of proving the efficacy of our patented approach, we are ready to take the final step in scaling production to make our solution commercially available,” said Dr. Fatma Kaplan, CEO of Pheronym. “Our natural approach to pest control will be better for people and our planet – it’s time to get it out in the field so it can make a real difference for farmers and consumers alike.” Keep reading.

Pheronym is presenting at LEEP Demo Day 2023

Our CEO, Dr. Kaplan, is presenting Pheronym’s technology at the LEEP Demo Day 2023 organized by Chain Reaction Innovations in Chicago, IL, on June 7.

The event will showcase 20+ startups from the DOE Lab-Embedded Entrepreneur Program (LEEP), including Chain Reaction Innovations at Argonne National Laboratory, Innovation Crossroads at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Cyclotron Road at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and West Gate at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Pheronym is honored to be among the amazing startups and be part of the Cyclotron Road program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Listen to our pitch in person on June 7, 2023, at 4:30 PM, at the Sheraton Grand Chicago Riverwalk in Chicago, IL.

Stop by our booth to talk to us at 6 PM.

If you missed the LEEP demo day, you can listen to the Pheronym’s technology on youtube.

Together in Innovation: Agricultural Advances Webinar

Dr. Kaplan is honored to be among the amazing panelist on a webinar by the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) free online webinar, “Together in Innovation: Agricultural advances.

Expert panelists covered:

  • Valuable resources innovators can use to protect their intellectual property (IP) and secure funding for their enterprises
  • The challenges women innovators face and overcome in agricultural innovation
  • Entrepreneur organizations and funding sources

If you missed the webinar on Feb 28, you have a second chance.

A brief highlight of the webinar and how Pheronym utilized USPTO sources is on Medium.


Dr. Kaplan was UC Davis BioLaunch Career Lab

Dr. Kaplan talked to the 2nd year Bio students at UC Davis BioLaunch Career Lab on Feb 10, 2023,  about her career path, Pheronym, and our technology harnessing pheromones to create climate-resilient pest control solutions for farmers.

We thank Professor Carrie Ozeran for this opportunity to connect with UC Davis undergraduate students.

Pheronym is also looking for interns. If you are interested, find us in UC Davis Handshake.

Dr. Kaplan is on Joe Gardener Podcast!

How Nematodes and Pheromones Will Be Used in the Future of Gardening.

S. feltiae infective juveniles are emerging from consumed insect cadavers.

Dr. Fatma Kaplan, Pheronym’s CEO and founder, was a guest on the Joe Gardener podcast. They talked about how lab-produced pheromones can be used to repel pest nematodes and stimulate beneficial nematodes for insect control. To learn more about nematodes and pheromones, follow the link to listen to the podcast.

Seminar at Washington State University

Join Dr.Kaplan on November 9, 2022 at 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM PST for “Nematode pheromone extracts act as boosters for entomopathogenic nematodes’ efficacy to control agricultural pests in the soil” as part of the WSU Molecular Plant Sciences Seminar Series. She will discuss beneficial nematodes, pheromone extracts, and their impact on controlling agricultural pests!

The seminar will be held on zoom through the Molecular Plant Sciences Graduate Program at WSU.

Please contact for the URL.