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:

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


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

A2I Symposium

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.

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.